Odd Track Brings Beryl to Florida, Georgia This Weekend

May 28, 2012; 7:18 PM ET
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Subtropical Storm Beryl, the second named storm in the Atlantic Basin, will take a unique track towards the Southeast coastline this weekend. The weather will quickly deteriorate over portions of the Southeast through this evening, but there will be some good news.

TRACK AND LANDFALL

Beryl formed off the Southeast coast late Friday evening as a subtropical storm. A subtropical storm is a storm system that has both tropical and non-tropical characteristics, Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski explained Friday.

Through today, Beryl will track west-southwestward before nearing the Georgia and Florida coast by this evening.

"The track of Beryl is quite rare," said Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

"Tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic at the latitude of Beryl typically have a northward component to their movement, not southward," Pydynowski added.

Beryl is expected to make landfall early this evening near Jacksonville, Fla.

"A direct hit on Jacksonville is rare," stressed Pydynowski. "Typically, tropical storms and hurricanes approach Jacksonville from the south, before eventually curving northeastward and bypassing the city to the east."

As Beryl nears the coast, the storm will be crossing over warm water, which may support some additional strengthening, but within tropical storm status.

Intensification into a hurricane is unlikely.

Early next week, Beryl is expected to meander over the Southeast, prompting more drenching downpours in the region.

Beryl's impacts will have both good and bad news.

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