Within the past three days, three rain gauges in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge had recorded rainfall totals between 3.75 inches and nearly 6 inches. On May 24, the swamp was at 118.68 feet above sea level at the refuge headquarters. Tuesday, it reached 119.14 feet with rain still falling.
The National Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. advisory centered Tropical Depression Beryl about 10 miles northwest of Valdosta, with winds at 30 miles-an-hour winds and a few higher gusts. The storm is inching north at 2 miles per hour, but forecasters said it will turn northeast and pick up speed later Tuesday.
Wind damage appears to be minor from Monday morning's landfall of Tropical Storm Baryl, now a tropical depression. But for some residents in low-lying areas, a bigger threat might not come until later this week. Forecasters are predicting rainfall amounts of between four to eight inches with some areas getting 12 inches.
The Port of Savannah re-opened to ship traffic shortly before noon Monday after being closed since Saturday night because of high winds. It was not immediately known how many ships were delayed because of the closure. Former Tropical Storm Beryl has become a depression with winds dying down. Still, it is soaking the region and ruined holiday plans along the Georgia and Florida coasts.
Tropical Storm Beryl made landfall Monday morning and threatens to snarl traffic on Memorial Day. The storm is bringing drenching rain, winds and the possibility of flooding to the Georgia coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm made landfall in Florida early Monday near Jacksonville Beach.