Alberto formed off the South Carolina coast on the 4th of August and was classified as a depression on the 5th. Alberto became a tropical storm on the 7th while centered just south of Nantucket, MA. It crossed Nova Scotia without significant effects and became extratropical near Newfoundland on the 8th.

On the 21st of August, satellite imagery detected a low-level circulation halfway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles and the third tropical system of 1988 had formed. As a depression, the system moved over the islands of the northeast Caribbean with four inches of rain falling on Puerto Rico. Early on the 28th, the depression was accelerating northward just off the southeast Florida coast when a ship reported 40 knot sustained winds 50 miles northeast of the center and the system was upgraded to Tropical Storm Chris. The center crossed the South Carolina coast around midday on the 28th near Savannah. The highest reported sustained wind at the coast was 37 knots (43 mph) at the Savannah Light Tower. Chris weakened to a depression over the Carolinas only 12 hours after becoming a tropical storm. Rainfall totals ranged from 3 to 5 inches in a swath from South Carolina through Pennsylvania into Vermont.





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