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Tropical Storm Beryl, the second named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, will make landfall tonight near northeastern Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.
A warning is in effect from the Brevard-Volusia County line in Florida to Edisto Beach, South Carolina.
The weather system is about 85 miles (140 kilometers) east of Jacksonville, Florida, the Miami-based center said in the advisory posted at 4:42 p.m. New York time. The storm’s maximum sustained winds are 65 miles per hour, the center said. Beryl is moving at 10 mph and is expected to turn northward over southeastern Georgia by Monday night.
The storm may strengthen “slightly” before landfall, the center said, and gusts may reach hurricane-level over parts of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia tonight and early tomorrow. Flooding is possible with water rising up to 4 feet above ground, according to the center.
Beryl is expected to weaken steadily to a so-called tropical depression by Monday night.
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.
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