Beryl might spoil Memorial Day weekend beach trips in South Carolina.
A low pressure system off Florida has the potential to gather into a weak tropical storm this weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center. The official chance at 5 p.m. Friday was 80 percent that the system would be the second named storm of the season Beryl.
The track of the potential Beryl remains iffy, but the best guess is that the center would come ashore in northern Florida or Georgia on Sunday with a small core of 35-45 mph winds, according to Mark Malsick, severe weather liaison with South Carolinas State Climate Office.
Conditions arent right for the storm to strengthen significantly, Malsick said.
For South Carolinas beaches, the storm likely will bring larger-than-normal waves, getting rougher Sunday and Monday, according to surf forecasts. The Beaufort-Hilton Head area could get 25 mph gusts, with Sunday likely the worst day for wind and rough surf.
Rainfall isnt expected to be heavy in South Carolina. The National Weather Service forecast calls for a slight chance of rain Saturday on the coast, building to a 50 percent chance Saturday night and Sunday. The farther north on the coast, the less the chance of rain and the later in the weekend its expected to arrive.
Midlands residents considering a trip to the coast might want to find something to do closer to home. The National Weather Service forecast for Columbia is for sunny skies and high temperatures in the 90s Saturday, with a chance of rain starting Sunday and continuing Monday.