Beryl Bearing Down on Jacksonville, North Florida

May 28, 2012; 7:19 PM
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The latest visible satellite imagery courtesy of NOAA.

Tropical Storm Beryl made landfall around 12:10 a.m. near Jacksonville Beach, Fla. The storm will continue to bring locally flooding rain, strong winds and rough surf to much of the Southeast coast into early this week.

See the latest updates on Tropical Storm Beryl on our live blog.

Track and Landfall Information

Beryl is taking a very odd track for any Atlantic storm. The storm is tracking just south of due west at the present time, and that motion is expected to continue into this morning.

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

The odd track of Beryl is being caused by an upper-level ridge of high pressure which has built over the storm. The clockwise winds around the upper ridge are causing Beryl to steer westward toward the coast.

Beryl strengthened a little during the day on Sunday while developing fully tropical characteristics.

The reason for the subtropical classification initially was because the storm had both tropical and non-tropical characteristics.

Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski explained the difference between a tropical and subtropical storm in this story.

Winds began picking up along the Georgia and Florida coastlines with several cities and beaches recording sustained winds of 20-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph during the day on Sunday.

These winds will continue as the center of circulation continues its track inland. Along with the increase in winds, heavy bands of rain will continue to develop and move farther inland.

Any thunderstorms that develop within these bands of rain will be capable of producing wind gusts to near hurricane force along with torrential, flooding downpours.

For additional details on the impacts of Beryl and what residents of the Southeast can expect the next few days, check out this story.

What's Next after Landfall?

Now that Beryl has made landfall near Jacksonville Beach, Fla., the storm will then continue on a westward track across northern Florida.

As Beryl interacts with land, it will begin to transition into a tropical rainstorm on Memorial Day.

However, that westward track won't last as the aforementioned ridge of high pressure breaks down, causing Beryl to shift toward the north, then northeast by Tuesday.

The system will then track off the Carolina coast Tuesday night and as it moves back over water, additional strengthening is possible and Beryl could become a tropical storm for the second time in its life.

Beryl will then begin to accelerate northeastward off the East coast during the day Wednesday, bringing an end to the impacts to the U.S.

Residents from northern Florida to the Outer Banks of North Carolina should stay tuned to AccuWeather.com as we bring you the latest updates and forecast for Beryl.

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