Weather Watch: Tropical Storm Beryl makes landfall near Jacksonville Beach

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Tropical Storm Beryl (credit: National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Beryl (credit: National Hurricane Center)

Florida Travel Guide to Tropical Storm Beryl

If you’re in or heading through northeastern Florida today, you might run into some delays. Tropical Storm Beryl made landfall near Jacksonville beach around 12:10 am today – the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that the storm had near-hurricane-strength winds of 70 mph (113 kph). Traffic will be heavy in northeastern Florida as the storm moves inland, so expect more rain, high winds and even a chance of flooding.  There is still a tropical storm warning for coastal regions from Flagler Beach in Florida north to Edisto Beach, South Carolina, so listen to the local weather station for weather updates.

Tropical Storm Conditions

Tropical storm force wind can still happen over northeastern Florida today as the center of Beryl passes. Rain is expected to fall from 4 to 8 inches with a maximum of 12 inches in some areas.

Flooding

If there are storm surges during the high tide, flooding near the coast can occur to depths of two to four feet. Surge-related flooding can vary over a short distance.

Dangerous Surf Conditions

With any tropical storm, stay away from the water! The surf is extremely dangerous along the northeastern Florida coast at this time, including rip currents. Heed warnings posted on the beach and reported by the local weather station.

Storm Preparedness

Be prepared in case a storm does hit your area. We’ll be featuring a number of articles to help you but please visit our travel tips for Hurricane Season article for details.

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