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May 28: “Beryl” Comes Ashore and Sunday Storm Reports

28 May 2012, 7:51 am

“Beryl” Coming Ashore. As of late last night Tropical Storm Beryl was approaching hurricane status, with 70 mph. sustained winds. A storm surge of 2-4 feet is possible for coastal Florida and Georgia, from Jacksonville north to Macon. Enhanced IR satellite loop courtesy of NOAA and WeatherTap.

Beryl’s Projected Track. Here is an ensemble of models from NHC; nearly all seem to agree that Beryl will make a U-Turn, and push quickly across coastal South Carolina and North Carolina, then accelerate out into the Atlantic. However, the core of the storm may remain close enough to warm Gulf Stream waters to prevent rapid weakening, and considerable coastal flooding and beach erosion is possible from Charleston and Hilton Head to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Power Outages. Tens of thousands of Jacksonville, Florida residents are without power, due to Beryl’s 60-80 mph. wind gusts. The latest map showing outages from

It was a stormy Sunday in many other areas of the country as well.  Click here for a detailed list of storm reports from the Storm Prediction Center.

Here’s a look at some of the reports from the Twin Cities area.

Storm Reports. For more specifics on hail and flooding reports in Minnesota Sunday, click here, data from NOAA.

Storm Damage ReportsHam Weather’s Aeris “Broadcaster” app showed the tornado touchdown at 8:58 pm and wind damage in the Excelsior area around 7:53 pm Sunday evening.

Ding-Worthy Hail. Thanks to Curt Lentner for sending in this photo of the 1.5″ diameter hail that pelted Andover, Minnesota (Anoka County) Sunday evening. This was the same “supercell” that dropped a possible tornado near St. Francis around 8:58 pm.

Too Close For Comfort. WeatherNation TV meteorologist Addison Green snapped this photo near MSP International as the first wave of severe storms rolled in around the dinner hour Sunday. It was, what, maybe 1/4 mile away? When you see lightning and hear thunder (simultaneously) you know it was less than 1/4 mile away.

30-Day Rainfall. This is impressive – NOAA Doppler Radar rainfall estimates show over 10″ from the northern and western suburbs of the Twin Cities into southwestern Minnesota, and this was before yesterday’s additional deluge.

21,000 Acre Blaze. Fires continue to intensify over the U.P. of Michigan. MSNBC.comhas an update. Photo courtesy of AP and

Michigan Wildfires From Space. The Columbia, South Carolina office of the NWS shared this, via Facebook: “Thought we would share with you an outstanding 250 meter resolution Visible satellite image from this afternoon in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Featured in the image is a large fire with a eastward drifting smoke plume. Also visible is the lake breeze boundary identified by the cumulus cloud field.”



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