Beryl Lands Near Jacksonville; Rick Scott Urges 'Stay Alert'
Tropical Storm Beryl made landfall in Mayport, just east of Jacksonville, shortly after midnight on Monday.
At 8 a.m., Tropical Storm Beryl was sitting over northeast Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from Flagler Beach north to the Savannah River.
The storm was moving to the west at 8 mph, with a turn to the northeast, into southeast Georgia, expected tonight and Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Prior to the second named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season landing on Florida early Monday, Gov. Rick Scott released the following statement:
“As Tropical Storm Beryl approaches Florida’s northeast coast, I urge all Floridians in the affected communities to stay alert and aware.
“Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to bring heavy rain and winds, and it is vital to continue to monitor local news reports and listen to the advice of local emergency management officials. It is a holiday weekend, and many families may be away from home and not tuned into the most updated information.
“It is imperative that radio stations and business owners in our tourism industry help inform visitors of the potential dangers and impact of the storm. By taking the recommended precautions prior to a storm, Florida’s residents, visitors and businesses will be prepared for the potential impact and recover more quickly in the days following.
“For the latest information, please visit www.floridadisaster.org.”