A weakened Tropical Depression Beryl was soaking parts of Florida and Georgia on Monday, leaving thousands in the dark and hindering Memorial Day activities.
A tropical storm warning for a large swath of the southeastern Atlantic Coast was canceled as Beryl weakened Monday. However, the National Hurricane Center said tropical storm-force wind gusts remained possible over coastal Florida and Georgia, particularly in rain bands associated with the storm.
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.FULL STORY