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Tropical Storm Beryl

There’s a lot of talk on the beach about the Tropcial Storm Watch that is in effect for Edisto Beach. But don’t worry, it’s not time to batten down the hatches just yet.

According to the National Weather Service, this storm dubbed Tropical Storm Beryl could cause a strong storm tide, but impacts will be low. The main issue caused by the storm surge tide will be erosion on the beach. In addition, the surf could be rough and rip currents are possible.

As of Saturday night, the storm was located about 250 miles east-southeast of Savannah, Ga. It’s a slow-moving storm and by tonight it should make landfall near the border of Georgia and Florida.

So what can you expect? There should be some strong winds that could cause some limbs to go down or the power to flicker in and out (it’s possible the power will go out entirely, so don’t be alarmed if it does – that happens a lot around here).

There is a 60 percent chance of rain, so expect a little flooding on parts of Palmetto Boulevard, side streets, and low-lying parts of Jungle Road. You might also want to make sure that if you’ve got your boat docked that you check on it if the rain gets pretty hard. Last year an intense rain storm caused a couple of boats to sink in port when they couldn’t pump the water out fast enough.

Also, it’s a good idea if you’re operating a small boat to go ahead and stay in port and let the storm pass through. The water could be rough and even experienced boaters might find themselves in trouble.

Other than that, expect some scattered thunderstorms and rain throughout the next couple of days.

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