TROPICAL STORM BERYL
|Tropical Storm Beryl Approaches the Gulf Coast
On August 9, after a period of inactivity lasting nearly a month, a large low pressure developed just to the north of Puerto
Rico. The low moved west over the next few days and organized slowly. On August 13, the low entered the Gulf of Mexico where
it developed at a quicker pace and became Tropical Depression Two on August 14 while located about 115 miles south of Pensacola,
Florida. Due to the depression's close proximity to land, it was slow to develop as it inched slowly to the north over the
next six hours. However, it still managed to strengthen into Tropical Storm Beryl at about 7 AM EST on August 15 after beginning
to drift eastward. Beryl curved to the north-northeast just later that day, which caused a landfall near Panama City, Florida
at 7 PM EST on the 15th at Panama City with winds of 50 mph and a pressure of 1000 mbar which would be the storm's peak intensity.
Beryl quickly accelerated to the northeast after landfall, and weakened to a depression just as fast as it interacted with
land. Further weakening however was not so slow, and the depression maintained tropical characteristics as it made a trek
that took it up the eastern seaboard before it finally dissipated over central Massachusetts on August 19. The effects of
Beryl were relatively minor, when compared to Tropical Storm Alberto that struck the same area about a month previous. Heavy
rains and tornadoes occurred as the depression slowly dissipated on a line extending from Georgia all the way into New York.
Thankfully, no deaths were reported due to Beryl, but 37 injuries did occur. The total damage estimate stands at 73 million
dollars; most of it surprisingly occurring in a single county in South Carolina where a tornado wreaked havoc.