Beryl wets Maryland beaches as it regains strength

May 30, 2012|By Scott Dance

Tropical Depression Beryl could regain tropical storm status within the next few hours as it moves off the South Carolina coast. But its impact on Maryland is nevertheless expected to remain minimal.

Rains associated with Beryl have drizzled on Ocean City, as you can see from this town webcam. Rain has fallen steadily since about 10 a.m., totaling more than an inch and a half so far, according to tallies from the National Weather Service office in Wakefield, Va.

As Beryl moves away from land and into the warm waters off the coast, it is regaining strength. But its course isn't expected to change. Rains should be out to sea by midnight, said Mike Pigott, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.com.

The National Hurricane Center will update its forecast again at 5 p.m. Its forecast from 11 a.m. said the storm is expected to move east-northeast and pick up speed as it regains strength.

Today's surf forecast for Ocean City calls for 2-foot waves and a low risk of rip currents. Waves could reach 3-4 feet by tonight or Thursday, Pigott said. The storm has also caused stronger rip currents to the south.

Have a weather question? E-mail me at sdance@baltsun.com or tweet to @MdWeather.

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