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Tropical Storm Beryl nears southeastern US coast

Tropical Storm Beryl to make landfall in hours; rain, winds forecast for southeastern US coast By The Associated Press

Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to make landfall Sunday night and the weather system is already wrecking some Memorial Day weekend plans.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported late Sunday afternoon that tropical storm conditions were near the coasts of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia. Gusts to hurricane-force are possible late Sunday and early Monday.

Beryl is expected to bring 4 to 8 inches of rain, with some areas getting as much as 12 inches. Forecasters predict the storm surge and tide will cause some flooding in northeastern Florida, Georgia and southern South Carolina.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the entire Georgia coastline and parts of the Florida and South Carolina shore. The hurricane center reports that Beryl is 85 miles (137 kilometers) east-southeast of Jacksonville, Fla., with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (105 kph). It was moving westward at 10 mph (16 kph).

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