Beryl…Quick AM UpdateMay 30th, 2012 at 6:45 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
This is just a brief update. I’ll have a bigger blog out later this morning. Beryl is still a tropical depression. It is over coastal South Carolina, but it looks like it is heading out to sea already on the satellite/radar. The maximum sustained winds were around 35mph, and it was moving ENE at 14mph. Most of those strong winds were over the water though. It has picked up some speed compared to yesterday. Heavy rain was spreading to the north of the storm. Also a cold front in central Virginia is allowing for the deep tropical moisture to funnel right through northeast North Carolina into southeast Virginia. There were already some heavy showers this morning, and this is just the beginning.
Parts of the area will see 1-3″ of rain. Parts of northeast North Carolina could see 2-4″ with locally higher amounts. There is a flood watch for Dare county N.C. down to Hatteras. The stronger winds will stay south of our region. Hatteras will be closest to the storm. They may see some gusts over 40mph, but the strong sustained winds are expected to be offshore (south). There is a high threat for rip currents over the southern Outer Banks, but folks should probably avoid swimming anyway due to possible lightning.
Again, I’ll post a bigger blog with more details…and pictures by about 9:30am. Stay tuned throughout the day as the forecast could change.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler