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Flash flood watch continues

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POSTED: May 27, 2012 5:45 p.m.

Though the tropical storm warning for Bryan and surrounding counties may have been lifted, more rain and winds are expected through Tuesday.

Beryl has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but will continue to produce heavy rains as the system passes over northern Florida and southern Georgia tonight and Tuesday.

A flash flood watch has been issued through Tuesday afternoon for coastal and inland Bryan County. This system may produce rainfall amounts of three to six inches across much of southeast Georgia as it moves through the area before pushing off the South Carolina coast late Tuesday.

Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh, Evans, Long and Tattnall Counties are also under a flash flood watch through Tuesday.

According to Bryan County Emergency Management Director William Collins, a few downed trees and power lines were reported Sunday, but caused no serious damages. He had no reports as of 2 p.m. Monday.

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Though Tropical Storm Beryl continues to weaken since making landfall Sunday night near Jacksonville, Fla., tropical storm warning remains in effect for inland and coastal Bryan County, as well as surrounding areas.

Maximum sustained winds of 20 to 25 mph are expected through the morning with gusts of 30 to 40 mph, especially within rain bands. Some downed trees along with power outages will be possible.

A flash flood watch also is in effect. Check latest forecasts often, and listen for possible flood warnings for your location, and be ready to act if flooding rains occur.

Bands of showers, some heavy, will move across the area today. Additional heavy rainfall will be possible tonight through Tuesday as Beryl stalls today before moving across the area Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Total rainfall of up to 3 to 6 inches will be possible through Tuesday. This may result in some minor flooding of low lying, poorly drained areas.

Around 8 a.m. Monday, Beryl with sustained winds of about 40 mph, was about 140 miles southwest of Savannah, moving west at 8 mph.

The tropical storm and flash flood warnings remain in effect for Bryan, Chatham, Long, Liberty and McIntosh counties until further notice.

 

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A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Bryan County and the surrounding areas as Tropical Storm Beryl moves closer toward the Georgia coast.

According to the National Weather Service in Charleston, the chance for tropical storm conditions for Bryan, Chatham, Long, Liberty and McIntosh counties was up to 67 percent as of 3 p.m. Sunday.

Northeast winds continue to increase across the area with wind gusts near tropical storm force near the immediate coast. Maximum sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts of 45 to 55 mph are expected through this evening.

There have been some recent reports from emergency management officials of some downed branches – limbs and power lines across the Savannah area. This has resulted in some isolated power outages. Additional power outages will be possible through this evening as winds become a little stronger.

Beryl has taken on more tropical characteristics and has now changed classification from subtropical to tropical storm. In addition, the National Hurricane Center has increased the maximum sustained winds slightly to 65 mph.

Residents should move loose items indoors, such as garbage cans and outdoor furniture as they will be blown around. Newly planted or young trees and shrubs may be uprooted if not secured properly.

Bands of showers continue to move across the area as beryl approaches from the east. Showers are expected to be brief in duration through this afternoon, generally keeping rainfall amounts to 1/2 inch or less.

However, by tonight heavier rainfall amounts are expected as more significant moisture and rain bands from the storm move across the area. If Beryl stalls over north Florida south Georgia for part of Monday, additional heavy rainfall will be possible.

Up to 3 to 6 inches of total rainfall will be possible through Tuesday, especially if Beryl stalls for a period on Monday. This may result in some minor flooding of low lying, poorly drained areas.

Up to 1 to 2 feet of water above ground level will be possible during high tide late tonight. A few coastal roads may have some water on them at high tide late tonight and early monday morning, but major arteries, such as route 80 between Wilmington Island and Tybee Island, re not expected to be entirely under water based on the current track of Beryl. Also, significant inundation of structures is not expected at this time.

A flash flood watch is also in effect for the entire area. See the latest forecast for latest information, and listen for possible flood warnings for your location. Be ready to act if flooding rains occur.

Please stay tuned to the latest statements from the National Weather Service concerning the strength of Beryl. If beryl were to get a little stronger than expected, maximum storm tides and inundation values could be a little higher, especially near the Altamaha River region and McIntosh County.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT...

... WINDS... MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS OF 20 TO 25 MPH ARE EXPECTED FOR THE NEXT FEW HOURS WITH GUSTS OF 30 TO 40 MPH... ESPECIALLY WITHIN RAIN BANDS. SOME DOWNED TREES ALONG WITH POWER OUTAGES WILL BE POSSIBLE.

... INLAND FLOODING... A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT. SEE LATEST FORECAST FOR LATEST INFORMATION. LISTEN FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS FOR YOUR LOCATION... AND BE READY TO ACT IF FLOODING RAINS OCCUR.

BANDS OF SHOWERS... SOME HEAVY... WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREA TODAY. ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL WILL BE POSSIBLE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AS BERYL STALLS TODAY AND THEN MOVES ACROSS THE AREA TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT. TOTAL RAINFALL OF UP TO 3 TO 6 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH TUESDAY. THIS MAY RESULT IN SOME MINOR FLOODING OF LOW LYING... POORLY DRAINED AREAS.

... COASTAL HAZARDS... THERE IS A HIGH RISK FOR RIP CURRENTS TODAY. DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS SHOULD PERSIST INTO EARLY AFTERNOON. SOME BEACH EROSION IS ALSO EXPECTED.

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... BERYL CONTINUES TO WEAKEN BUT THREAT FOR HEAVY RAINFALL CONTINUES...

.NEW INFORMATION... UPDATE STORM INFORMATION.

.AREAS AFFECTED... THIS LOCAL STATEMENT PROVIDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR PEOPLE AND MARINE INTERESTS IN SELECT LOCATIONS AND COASTAL WATER LEGS OF SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA.

.WATCHES/WARNINGS... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS... INLAND BRYAN... COASTAL BRYAN... INLAND CHATHAM... COASTAL CHATHAM... LONG... INLAND LIBERTY... COASTAL LIBERTY... INLAND MCINTOSH AND COASTAL MCINTOSH.

FOR MARINE INTERESTS... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING CONTINUES FOR PORTIONS SOUTHEAST GEORGIA.

ALTHOUGH TROPICAL CYCLONE WATCHES OR WARNINGS ARE NOT IN EFFECT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS... BEAUFORT... COASTAL COLLETON... CHARLESTON AND COASTAL JASPER... POSSIBLE IMPACTS FROM RELATED HAZARDS ARE STILL A CONCERN.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA. PLEASE LISTEN CLOSELY FOR ANY FLOOD WARNINGS THAT MIGHT BE IN EFFECT FOR YOUR AREA.

PLEASE CHECK THE LATEST PUBLIC AND MARINE FORECASTS FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT ADDITIONAL HAZARDS.

.STORM INFORMATION... AT 8 AM EDT... THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM BERYL WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.4 NORTH... LONGITUDE 82.5 WEST. THIS WAS ABOUT 220 MILES SOUTHWEST OF CHARLESTON SC... OR ABOUT 140 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SAVANNAH GA. STORM MOTION WAS WEST AT 8 MPH. STORM INTENSITY WAS 40 MPH.

.SITUATION OVERVIEW... TROPICAL STORM BERYL CONTINUES TO WEAKEN AS IT MOVES WELL INLAND ACROSS EXTREME NORTHERN FLORIDA AND INTO SOUTHERN GEORGIA. THE

.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FOR AREAS STILL WITHIN THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING... BE ALERT FOR ANY DOWNED TREES... LIMBS AND POWER LINES IF YOU NEED TO GO OUTDOORS.

REGARDING ANY COASTAL WATERS UNDER A WARNING... SMALL CRAFT SHOULD REMAIN IN PORT AND WELL SECURED.

FOR ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONARY AND PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION... PLEASE REFER TO THE DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS RELATIVE TO YOUR LOCATION AS FURTHER DESCRIBED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AND LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

 

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