It may be December, but it feels more like spring. Several cities across Georgia came close to record high temperatures Monday with highs in the 70's. Meteorologist Jason Hess with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville says the warmer weather is due to a high pressure system off the coast.
Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is fueling strong wind gusts in parts of Georgia that knocked out power to thousands of customers in the Atlanta area. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning through Tuesday morning for several counties in the northeast Georgia mountains.
With the Atlantic storm season nearing its end, the National Weather Service is taking some of its coastal-area radars offline to give them upgrades. The switch to so-called dual-polorization doppler radars is part of a 50 million dollar national radar renovation aimed at boosting forecast accuracy and speeding weather alerts.
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.
Experts say a warm winter and early spring will mean an abundance of ticks this summer in Georgia. Nancy Hinkle, a veterinary entomologist at the University of Georgia's Department of Entomology, says this is the earliest in the season that ticks have been seen.
The National Weather Service says there's a chance of severe storms hitting north and central Georgia. A storm system was moving into the state on Tuesday. Severe thunderstorms could sweep through metro Atlanta Tuesday night as cooler air collides with the warm air mass that sent pre-Thanksgiving temperatures to record levels.