A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Southeast coast from north Florida to South Carolina. The cluster of thunderstorms dubbed Tropical Storm Beryl started to gather strength on Saturday, May 26, and is expected to peak during the Memorial Day Weekend.
Weather reports indicate that the storm located 240 miles east-southeast of Charleston, S.C., was spotted moving west-southwest at five miles per hour on Saturday morning.
According to forecasters, the storm had not shown any strengthening during the past 12 hours. However, Beryl could transition into a tropical storm before making landfall north of Jacksonville early Monday.
As Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to bring wind gusts capable of snapping trees and causing major power outages, warnings have been issued for Flagler and Volusia counties up to Edisto Beach, S.C., through Sunday evening. A tropical storm watch was issued for most of the South Carolina coast.
Beryl is being called a subtropical storm, which implies a broader wind field than tropical storms and shower and thunderstorm activity farther removed from the storm's center.
Forecasters predict the storm will eventually turn back toward the Atlantic on Monday or Tuesday, posing no immediate threat to oil and gas production facilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, according to Chicago Tribune News.
Tropical Storm Beryl marks the third time in recorded history that a second storm has been named during the month of May.
The last time this happened was in 1903.