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Beryl Cut to Tropical Depression, Hurricane Center Says

Tropical Storm Beryl Makes Landfall Near Jacksonville, Florida
Beryl is predicted to turn toward northeastern Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Source: NOAA/AP

Beryl, the second named weather system of the Atlantic hurricane season, was downgraded to a tropical depression after making landfall and moving over northeast Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.

The weather system was about 60 miles (100 kilometers) west-northwest of Jacksonville, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles an hour, the Miami-based center said in an advisory posted at 10:47 a.m. New York time.

Beryl is likely to turn northward later today and move to the northeast tomorrow, the center said. All coastal tropical-storm warnings have been discontinued, it said.

Beryl is “soaking portions of north Florida and South Georgia,” the advisory said, predicting “more rain to come.”

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.

Beryl may bring 4 to 8 inches of rain, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches, from northern Florida through southeastern North Carolina, the center said.

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