Suptropical Storm Beryl forms

Published 12:24 am Saturday, May 26, 2012

Subtropical Storm Beryl formed off the coast of South Carolina Friday night with winds at 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service, the Associated Press reported.

Beryl, about 305 miles from Charleston, S.C., was moving north at 9 miles per hour, forecasters said.

Forecasters  issued tropical storm warnings for the Southeast coast from northeastern Florida to South Carolina as a cluster of thunderstorms was gathering strength and expected to become Tropical Storm Beryl over the Memorial Day weekend.

The National Weather Service said Friday night that the storm’s winds of 45 mph weren’t quite at tropical storm force. But they were expected to increase as the storm slowed down in the Atlantic.

Tropical storm warnings are out for the Volusia/Brevard County line in Florida to Edisto Beach, S.C. A watch is out for most of the South Carolina coast.

Higher than normal tides will be crashing against the Southeastern coast and may cause flooding. Heavy rain is forecast.