Tropical Storm Beryl Heads For The Southeastern Coast
Tropical Storm Beryl has ruined some Memorial Day celebrations as drenching rains and high winds are expected to make landfall some time Sunday night.
Storm conditions have been drawing closer to the coasts of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia, AP reported. Beryl, which was upgraded from a subtropical storm, is expected to bring 4 to 8 inches of rain, with the hardest-hit areas seeing as much as 12 inches. Some coastal flooding is expected in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
National Weather Service forecasters predicted winds of up to 65 miles an hour on Sunday night. The storm is expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression by Monday night, according to Bloomberg.
Despite warnings of severe weather, some beach-goers were undeterred, with tragic consequences.
According to AP:
Rescue crews are searching near Charleston for a missing swimmer as Tropical Storm Beryl approaches.
Officials said surf at Folly Beach was so heavy that rescue crews had to use jet skis instead of boats to search for the man who went missing Sunday afternoon.
Authorities say lifeguards tried to reach the man, but he did not resurface.
Beryl's appearance is notable, as hurricane season doesn't start until June 1.
"This is the first time in more than 100 years that we have had two named storms before the actual beginning of hurricane season," meteorologist David Chandley told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.