Beryl slogs through southern Georgia

Beryl could produce 5-10 inches rain in N. Florida and SE Georgia

MIAMI | May 29, 2012

Tropical depression Beryl slogged across extreme southern Georgia Tuesday, soaking that region and bringing the chance of rain elsewhere, forecasters said.

Beryl, with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph, was about 10 miles northwest of Valdosta, Ga., and about 160 miles west-southwest of Savannah, Ga., the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 5 a.m. EDT advisory.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Beryl was expected to turn to the northeast and accelerate as it nears the coastline Wednesday, possibly regaining tropical storm status, the center said.

Forecasters said tropical storm force winds and rip currents were possible Tuesday for parts of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia

The National Hurricane Center said Beryl could produce five to 10 inches of rain in northern Florida and southeastern Georgia, as well as producing rain amounts of three to six inches in the eastern Carolinas.

Beryl was blamed for a tree nearly crushing a Jacksonville, Fla., man in his apartment, the Jacksonville First Coast News reported Monday. Officials said the tree crashed through William Nelson's second-floor apartment bedroom just seconds after he got out of bed Sunday night.

"At first you hearing the crunching sound like the wind and everything so I decided to get up," Nelson said, adding that as soon as he got out of bed the tree crashed through the ceiling and landed on his bed.

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