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Subtropical Storm Beryl Approaching the Georgia Coast

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After following Invest 94 for the last few days, I woke up this morning to the news that it had become Subtropical Storm Beryl overnight.  Landfall is expected near the Georgia/Florida state line on Sunday night. National Weather Service forecasts for Brunswick on Sunday are calling for a 70% chance of rain with winds between 16-34 mph and gusts up to 45 mph.  Current forecasts for Savannah from the National Weather Service are calling for a 60% chance of rain on Sunday with new rainfall amounts between .25 and .5 inches with winds between 20-28 mph.  After moving onshore, it is expected to begin moving northeast and move back offshore later in the week.  See the NWS Tropical Storm Warnings for the Brunswick area here and the Savannah area here.

Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches as of 0500 hrs, 26 May 2012. Map from Weather Underground.

Tracking Map of Beryl from Weather Underground for 0500 hrs, 26 May 2012

5 Day Forecast Map from Weather Underground for 0500 hrs, 26 May 2012

It looks like this could be a potentially good storm as far as recent fire conditions go.  This is the kind of thing that fire crews around the Okefenokee Swamp were asking for last summer.  I’m hoping we don’t see widespread power outages or flooding, but I’m charging up HT batteries and backup power for the HF radio just in case.


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