Tropical Storm Beryl Strengthens Slightly, Continues West

Tropical Storm Beryl, the second named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, strengthened slightly as it continues to move west, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.

The weather system is about 110 miles (176 kilometers) east of Jacksonville, Florida, the Miami-based center said in the advisory posted at 1:54 p.m. New York time. The storm’s maximum sustained winds increased to 65 mph from 60 mph three hours earlier, the center said. Beryl is moving at 10 mph.

A storm becomes tropical when thunderstorm activity begins building close to the center of circulation, according to Weather Underground Inc. of Ann Arbor, Michigan. A subtropical storm usually has a large cloud-free center of circulation, Weather Underground said.

Tropical storm warnings stretch from the Volusia/Brevard County border in Florida to Edisto Beach, South Carolina, the hurricane center said. Tropical-storm conditions will reach the northeastern Florida coast and southeastern Georgia this afternoon and continue through tonight, the agency said.

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