Beryl Downgraded to Tropical Depression

Storm brings heavy rain, winds, possible flooding to North Florida

Tropical Storm Beryl was downgraded to a tropical depression as it brought wind and rain to northern Florida and southern Georgia Monday.

As of 11 p.m. Monday, Beryl had maximum sustained winds of 30 mph as it moved northwest at 5 mph about 60 miles east-northeast of Tallahassee, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. It passed west-northwest of Jacksonville and into Georgia earlier in the day.

Beryl made landfall at 12:10 a.m. as a tropical storm with an estimated intensity of 70 mph.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, but Beryl is expected to produce between 5 and 10 inches of rain, and even as much as 15 inches in some spots, in northern Florida and southeastern Georgia. Less rain was expected in the Carolinas.

Dangerous surf conditions including rip currents are still possible along the Atlantic coast from northeastern Florida through North Carolina Monday night, the National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical storm force wind gusts are also possible in northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia, especially in rainbands, it added.

Beryl is expected to turn east-northeast with a gradual increase in forward speed on Tuesday, and the storm is expected to affect Georgia and the Carolinas over the next 36 hours.

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