Subtropical Storm Beryl Continues to Approach, Landfall Tonight

Subtropical Storm Beryl is still on it’s way to the Coastal Georgia area with landfall expected tonight along the northern Florida or southern Georgia coast.  National Weather Service forecasts are calling for increased chances of rain and possible thunderstorms for the Brunswick and Savannah areas this afternoon.  In Brunswick, winds of 15-18 mph increasing to 23-26 mph  with gusts t0 38 mph can be expected after 2pm along with heavy rain that could cause flooding.  Brunswick is under a Flood Watch. Overnight, winds of 33-38 mph are expected with gusts as high as 49 mph.  In Savannah, the heavy rains and wind are forecast for after 4pm with a Flash Flood Watch in effect; throughout this afternoon and tonight, winds of 15-26 mph are expected.  Current watch, warning and hazardous weather outlook information for Brunswick can be found here and for Savannah here.

Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches as of 0500 hrs, 27 May 2012. Map from Weather Underground.
Tracking Map of Beryl from Weather Underground for 0500 hrs, 27 May 2012
5 Day Forecast Map from Weather Underground for 0500 hrs, 27 May 2012
0441 satellite image of Beryl from Weather Underground, 27 May 2012

One of the interesting things that I’ve seen reported this morning is that 48(!) people had to be rescued on Tybee Island yesterday due to rip currents at the beaches despite the warnings that were issue; from listening to the scanners yesterday I can tell you it kept the Tybee Island Fire Department and Lifeguards quite busy.  The approach of the storm and the associated rip currents were in the news and on TV and radio in plenty of time; it seems that there were those who just didn’t want to heed the warnings.  Luckily everyone was OK and none of the incidents resulted in serious injury.

HTs are charged and several backup batteries are charged up for the radio cave radios in case of power outages here in the Savannah area.  Much of my attention will be devoted to the days racing activities unless the weather situation gets too serious but I will be keeping a close ear on the scanners.

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