Beryl downgraded to a tropical depression

All coastal tropical storm warnings discontinued

MIAMI | May 28, 2012


Beryl, downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression Monday, led to cancellation of Memorial Day activities in Jacksonville, Fla.

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 35 mph, was 60 miles west-northwest of Jacksonville and 40 miles east-southeast of Valdosta, Ga., the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 11 a.m. EDT advisory.

All coastal tropical storm warnings have been discontinued.

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 northern Florida Monday and southeastern Georgia overnight into Tuesday, the Hurricane Center said.

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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