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Tropical Depression Beryl (02L) Over Florida, USA

27.6N 81.5W

May 28th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Depression Beryl (02L) - May 28th, 2012

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Track of Tropical Depression Beryl (02L) - May 28th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TD 02L

On May 23, an elongated low pressure area developed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea, with disorganized thunderstorms, and began moving northeastwards. Initially, there was no well-defined center, and wind shear was unfavorable for development.

By the next day, the system extended into the Florida Straits, and the National Hurricane Center noted the potential for more favorable conditions within two days. The low became better-defined over the Florida Keys, and the cloud pattern organized.

As the system moved into the western Atlantic, a band of convection persisted across the Bahamas, where 9.7 in (250 mm) of precipitation was reported in Freeport, and in Cuba, where upwards of 20 in (510 mm) of rains caused mudslides. Additionally, the system dropped locally heavy rainfall in South Florida, reaching 9.7 inches (250 mm) in Miami.[23]

After continuing to the northeast, the system developed a well-defined circulation with associated convection, located beneath an upper-level low. Based on the observations, the National Hurricane Center initiated advisories on Subtropical Storm Beryl at 0300 UTC on May 26 when the system was located about 305 mi (490 km) east of Charleston, South Carolina. Little change in strength occurred until May 27, when Beryl transitioned into a fully tropical storm and reached its peak with winds of 70 mph (110 km/h), the same intensity it made landfall with near Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The system weakened to a tropical depression shortly afterwards.

As of 5 p.m. EDT (2100 UTC) May 28, Tropical Depression Beryl is located about 10 mi (20 km) east of Valdosta, Georgia and about 150 mi (240 km) southwest of Savannah, Georgia. Maximum sustained winds are 25 knots (30 mph, 45 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 1003 mbar (hPa; 29.62 InHg), and the system is moving north-northwest at 4 kt (5 mph, 7 km/h).

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