Parts of Maryland have a slim chance of experiencing tropical storm force winds later this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Much of the southern half of the state and the Eastern Shore have a less than 10 percent chance of feeling the force of Tropical Storm Alberto, which formed Saturday off the coast of South Carolina.

The coastal region around Ocean City has a slightly increased likelihood, between 10 and 20 percent, of experiencing sustained winds greater than 39 miles per hour.

Saturday night, Alberto was about 110 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.

The storm is forecast to move northeast along the coast, gradually moving farther out to sea. It will be even with Maryland between Tuesday evening and Wednesday night, according to the Weather Service's National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Hurricane season begins June 1.

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