I believe is was a tropical depression called Albert.....is it normal for these kinds of storms to develop at this time of year and GO SOUTH?!

I've only surfed for the last year, but I've lived in FLA all my life and I'm a disaster relief worker.....I've been watching storms for a long time and can't recall one heading south like that. Is my recall bad or is this water temp issues? Mr. Forecaster, please shine some light on the subject.