Tropical Storm Beryl to Make for Drenched Holiday

Made landfall in Florida early this morning
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2012 6:29 AM CDT
Tropical Storm Beryl to Make for Drenched Holiday
A satellite image of Tropical Storm Beryl as it makes landfall in Florida early Sunday May 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/NOAA)

Tropical Storm Beryl is here, and it greeted the Southeast by walloping it with 70mph winds—nearly as powerful as a hurricane's. The storm made landfall just after midnight near Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and is set to move through Florida and Georgia. Though the storm's maximum sustained winds have dropped to near 50mph, today's BBQ outlook for the area isn't so rosy: Some places may see up to 12 inches of rain, the AP reports, and experts are warning of possible 2- to 4-foot floods in northeastern Florida and Georgia, as well as some flooding in South Carolina.

The storm has shut down a number of events and could make for some major traffic headaches. It also prompted authorities to clear campers off an island in Georgia yesterday. Surfers in Florida, on the other hand, are rushing to catch some huge waves. (More tropical storms stories.)

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