Tropical Storm--now Depression---Beryl had little impact on Southeast Alabama and has now turned and headed the other way. "It, at one time, had potential to bring us some much needed rainfall," said WDHN Chief Forecaster Bud Ford. "However, as expected, Beryl made a u-turn and headed toward the Carolinas."
Beryl formed last week off the Florida Atlantic coast and blossomed into the season's second named tropical storm though hurricane season doesn't begin until Friday. It marks the first time in history this has happened.
The only effects felt locally were brisk winds and perhaps a few showers which are possible almost every day at this time of year. "We could sure use some rain because things are getting pretty dry," said Ford.
"It's hard to say if this suggests an overly active hurricane season is headed our way but, no doubt, the early storms have focused attention on the hurricane season," said Ford, who admits he gets excited about watching storms during summer months.