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Weakened Beryl still packs a punch in Florida

Beryl slowly weakens as it crosses inland into Florida

MIAMI | May 28, 2012

Memorial Day activities in Jacksonville, Fla., were canceled because of Tropical Storm Beryl, which is slowly weakening as it moved inland in Florida Monday.

A Memorial Day event at Veteran's Cemetery in St. Augustine, Fla., was also canceled, bus routes to Jacksonville area beaches were suspended and about 21,000 customers in Jacksonville were without power, CNN reported.

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority said Sunday night all airlines, except JetBlue and Delta, canceled the day's remaining incoming and outgoing flights, CNN reported.

Beryl, with maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph, was 50 miles west of Jacksonville and 55 miles east-southeast of Valdosta, Ga., the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 8 a.m. EDT advisory.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from Flagler Beach, Fla., to the Savannah River in Georgia.

Beryl also knocked out power in parts of southeastern Georgia, CNN said. Georgia Power said more than 3,500 customers were without power in Savannah, St. Marys and St. Simons.

Beryl curtailed weekend plans for campers and day-trippers at Georgia's Cumberland Island National Seashore, where they were ordered to evacuate, the National Parks Service said.

On its forecast tract, Beryl's center is expected to move inland over northeastern Florida Monday and into southeastern Georgia overnight into Tuesday, the center said. Beryl was expected to become a tropical depression Monday night.

The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported several counties were under flood watches or warnings Monday.

Beryl could produce 4-8 inches of rain, with isolated amounts of 12 inches from northern Florida through southeastern North Carolina.

Dangerous surf conditions, including rip currents, were predicted from northeastern Florida to North Carolina for the rest of the Memorial Day weekend.

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