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Tropical Storm Beryl downgraded to tropical depression

(AP) -

Tropical Storm Beryl made landfall very early Monday morning near Jacksonville Beach, Fla., with sustained winds just below hurricane strength. The storm caused only minor flooding and damage, mostly associated with downed trees and power lines. Beryl knocked out power to nearly 30,000 residents and tore the roof off of at least one house.

The biggest effect from Beryl was the rain it produced. Several inches of rain fell north of Tampa Bay, with the wettest areas receiving over 4 inches of rain. This may be potentially good news for northern Florida and adjacent areas of Georgia as the region has been suffering through an exception drought.

Beryl is expected to move slowly into Georgia and eventually out into the Atlantic Ocean by Wednesday. It will continue to provide rain for this area until it moves out into open water.

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