Weakened Beryl heads for Carolina coast

Midway, Fla., received 12.65 inches of rain from Beryl

MIAMI | May 30, 2012

Tropical Depression Beryl headed for the Carolina coast Wednesday with maximum sustained wind speeds of 35 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

The center's morning report said Beryl was moving east-northeast with wind speed expected to increase as the day progresses.

Beryl could become a tropical storm again if winds pick up significantly, the center said.

Beryl's center will move along or just off the coasts of South and North Carolina through Wednesday evening producing three to six inches of rain in the eastern Carolinas.

Forecasters warned that isolated tropical storm force wind gusts are possible along coastal areas.

Beryl first came ashore with 70 mph winds near Jacksonville Beach, Fla., early Monday, CNN said.

The National Weather Service issued warnings of dangerous rip currents along the coast from Florida all the way into the Carolinas.

After dumping more than a foot of rain on at least one location, Beryl soaked coastal areas Tuesday prompting flood warnings from Florida to North Carolina.

Midway, Fla., received a total of 12.65 inches of rain from Beryl.

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