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Beryl transitions to a post-tropical cyclone


Beryl is losing its tropical characteristics as it heads out to sea
Beryl is losing its tropical characteristics as it heads out to sea

Staff writers

May 30, 2012 — On Wednesday afternoon, Tropical Depression Beryl transitioned into a post-tropical cyclone. It is headed out to sea.

Beryl is the second named storm in the Atlantic basin this year - Alberto was the first on May 20th
Beryl is the second named storm in the Atlantic basin this year - Alberto was the first on May 20th

After swirling over Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia, Beryl has now been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. 

Beryl's winds became stronger on Wednesday as it churned toward the Atlantic Ocean. 

The storm is expected to be well off the North Carolina coast by Friday and continue tracking eastward well north of Bermuda. 

On Monday, as a tropical storm, Beryl put a bit of a damper on Memorial Day activities in parts of the southeastern US Monday.

The storm made landfall in the early morning hours near Jacksonville, Florida. A state of emergency was issued for the city and the mayor asked everyone to stay inside. 

Beryl soaked some areas with more than 76 mm of rain and near-hurricane-strength winds at 113 km/h. Beaches were closed, widespread power outages occurred and property damage was reported. One home had its roof blown off, while some streets have been completely flooded. 

Later on that day, in the early afternoon, it was downgraded to a tropical depression. 

On Monday, Beryl churned up rough surf conditions off the Jacksonville coast as it moved through the area as a tropical storm.
On Monday, Beryl churned up rough surf conditions off the Jacksonville coast as it moved through the area as a tropical storm.

The storm also made it a race against the clock for one couple in Florida Sunday. They were saying "I Do" when the Beryl moved ashore, bringing wet, windy weather to the wedding ceremony. 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was thankful the storm wasn't stronger. 

"We're very fortunate this did not become a hurricane,'' he said. "If it had been a couple of months later, we could have had a Category 3 hurricane.''

Beryl arrived early just ahead of the Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1 and runs through November 30.

On May 20, Tropical Storm Alberto became the first storm of the season.

It was the earliest tropical storm since Ana in April 2003. Alberto was downgraded to a tropical depression two days later.

In anticipation to the start of the Atlantic Hurricane season, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced its 2012 predictions.

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