Subtropical Storm Beryl Threatens Southeast Coast [Video]
The second named tropical storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Beryl, is expected to bring heavy downpours this Memorial Day weekend for hordes of folks that have flocked to the beaches on the Southeastern coast for sun and fun.
As of its last update, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reports Tropical Storm Beryl was centered about 230 miles east-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, carrying maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.
It was moving southwest with tropical storm force winds extending about 115 miles from the storm’s center, prompting the NHC to send out warnings from northern Florida to South Carolina, and storm watches extended further north along the Carolina coast.
Thanks to the tropical storm, Saturday will be mostly cloudy and windy with rain along the coast, South Carolina News13 Meterologist Frank Johnson said.
Johnson added that dangerous surf conditions and unusually high tides are also possible along the coasts of northern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina over the Memorial Day weekend.
“Conditions at the beach will be rough with strong rip currents,” he said. “Still breezy Sunday with more sunshine, but still a few showers.”
The first storm to form this year was Alberto. The first Hurricane, Bud, is currently five miles south of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, according the NHC.
Hurricane Season officially begins June 1 and runs through November 30.
Weather Underground’s website writes that Beryl has been initially classified as a “sub tropical” storm, which usually have a broader wind field than tropical storms and shower and thunderstorm activity farther removed from the storm’s center.
Forecasters were not indicating that the Tropical Storm Beryl would become a hurricane.
MrHurricaneTracker has more on Tropical Storm Beryl’s projected path in the video below: