Beryl's Impacts on the Southeast

May 29, 2012; 7:42 PM ET
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As Beryl moves into the Southeast early this morning, its impacts will be widespread. However, not all news will be bad.

BERYL'S IMPACTS

Travelers and beachgoers in the Southeast will have to keep a close eye on Beryl's movement. Heavy rain bands on the western side of Beryl have already started to impact portions of southeastern Georgia and northern Florida.

Into today, the heavy rain will move farther west into southern Georgia and interior parts of northern Florida.

Torrential, tropical downpours can create localized flooding in the region into today.

Travelers on Interstate 95 south of Florence, S.C., to Daytona Beach, Fla., will contend with blinding downpours and gusty winds into today. Travelers on I-16 between Savannah and Macon, Ga., I-75 between Macon, Ga. and Gainesville, Fla., and I-10 from Jacksonville, Fla., to Tallahassee, Fla., will encounter similar conditions.

Water conditions will be hazardous along the East coast from the Carolinas to Florida, with very rough surf and dangerous rip currents through today.

In fact, at least 48 people were rescued as a result of strong rip currents at Tybee Island, Ga. Saturday afternoon.

Tropical storm-force winds in excess of 50 mph with gusts to hurricane force will hit eastern Georgia and northern Florida today.

While widespread structural damage from wind is not expected from Beryl, damages incurred can knock out power in the region.

Any garbage cans, chairs or tents set up for outdoor activities can be susceptible to blowing around in the region. Small tree branches may come down as well.

GOOD NEWS

Beryl is sure to dampen holiday weekend plans for many in the Southeast, but Beryl's arrival is not all bad news. Many in the region are desperate for rainfall.

"While flooding is a concern, the rain from Beryl will definitely be beneficial," said Pydynowski. "Jacksonville and a large portion of northeastern Florida are suffering from an exceptional drought."

Beryl will be slow mover after landfall, keeping the wet weather in place. Drenching downpours will last into early next week as the storm gradually moves north and east.

In many cases, good improvement will be made on the drought situation.

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