SPECIAL REPORT: Alberto losing its punch

| 6/13/2006

Even though the first tropical storm of the 2006 hurricane season at times was expected to hit hurricane levels, Alberto fizzled into a low-level tropical storm once it hit the Florida Gulf Coast Tuesday.

Within just a few hours of hitting the Florida coast line, Alberto was sustaining winds of only 40 mph - much lower than the hurricane-level 100 mph plus winds once predicted for Alberto.

According to the National Weather Service alert Tuesday afternoon, Alberto was expected to weaken into a tropical depression as it treks north into Georgia and beyond.

Storm total rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches, with isolated maximum amounts up to 10 inches are possible through Wednesday morning over all of Georgia except for the northwest part of the state, according to the Tuesday afternoon alert.

Much of South Carolina, except for the extreme western portion of the state, and portions of southern North Carolina are also expected to receive 4 to 8 inches.

Isolated tornadoes have not been ruled out by the National Weather Service. People living in and traveling through Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas should remain informed on local weather conditions for the time being.