Tropical Storm Beryl neared hurricane strength as it prepared to lash the coasts of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia Sunday night and early Monday.
Winds were expected to reach 70 mph as the storm made its way toward landfall. It was forecast to weaken and start churning northward by Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm has already interrupted many Memorial Day plans along the coast in the Southeast.
The Jacksonville Beach Pier in Florida reported 50 mph winds as the storm approached, according to the weather service.
“These conditions are expected to spread inland during the next few hours and continue through tonight,” the weather service said. “Gusts to hurricane force are likely over portions of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia tonight and early Monday.”
Forecasters also called for 4 to 8 inches of rain from northern Florida through southeastern North Carolina, with up to 12 inches in some places.