Weakened Beryl still dumping rain on Southeast
A weakened Tropical Depression Beryl was soaking parts of Florida and Georgia on Monday, leaving thousands in the dark and hindering Memorial Day activities.
Beryl, as seen from GOES weather satellite, bears down on north Florida and south Georgia in the early morning hours of May 28, 2012. (May 28, 2012)
As of Monday morning, 3.47 inches of rain had fallen on Keystone Heights, Florida, about 25 miles northeast of Gainesville, according to the National Weather Service. Green Cove Springs, Florida, about 28 miles south of Jacksonville, had gotten 3.35 inches of rain.
Because of Beryl, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown canceled all Memorial Day ceremonies. A Memorial Day event at the Veterans Cemetery in nearby St. Augustine also was canceled, CNN affiliate WTLV reported.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority suspended all bus routes to area beaches.
Twelve flights scheduled to leave Jacksonville were canceled Monday, according to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.
Beryl's powerful winds knocked out power across the region.
Outages in the Jacksonville area were under 20,000 Monday morning, according to Tam Roman with the Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness office, down from about 37,000 overnight.
The city's Matthews Bridge was closed, she said, along with a few roads shut down because of downed power lines. Only 10 people checked into area shelters, she said.
The storm cut a wide swath, also plunging sections of southeastern Georgia into darkness. As of 10:45 a.m., Georgia Power said on Twitter that outages were down to about 2,900 as crews made quick progress. There were about 7,400 outages at 3:45 a.m.