Nightly News | May 28, 2012
>>> good evening. i'm savannah guthrie in tonight for brian. the tropical storm named beryl barreled across the northeast today, bringing winds just shy of hurricane strength as it made landfall in florida, forcing many to cancel their holiday plans. the weather is the story as another huge swath of the country has to contend with record heat. we have two reports starting with mike seidel in jacksonville beach , florida. good evening to you.
>> good even. the wind is still winning the wind up the beach. what was tropical storm beryl has indeed been downgraded but it's still a cause for concern. tropical depression beryl is drenching parts of flod and georgia today, washing away holiday plans for thousands. a few brave souls attempted kite surfing and the approaching storm created a moment of beauty, but most vacationers headed inland.
>> we decided we're going to go back to gainesville.
>> red flag warnings dotted the beaches up and down the coast. lifeguards rescued more than 160 people who were trapped in dangerous rip currents . the storm hit land with 6 to 8 foot waves and wind gusts up to 73 miles per hour. look at the wind and rain from this swath of beryl, a couple miles from lafrl. we've had gusts up to 50 miles per hour. this horizontal stinging rain. beryl's intense winds up rooted trees and power lines . jacksonville's mayor canceled memorial day activities.
>> we know this is a most sacred time to honor those who paid the sacrifice to defend us.
>> and around the clock repairs under way.
>> we have electric crews going out, trying to get people back on.
>> water flooded neighborhood streets and homes.
>> it's quite a mess.
>> river looved like the ocean this morning. if look s like you have 3 or 4 foot waves out there. tourists tried to take beryl in stride, but the storm made for a disappointing weekend.
>> we buthere was going to be bad weather , but as it cranked into a full tropical storm , it was a little more than we expected for memorial day .
>> the storm is weakening as it makes its way north and then northeast off the carolina coast wednesday, but not before soaking the drought stricken area which desperately needed this rain. for only the third time since the 1800th have we seen two trop tropical storms form before the official start of the atlantic hurricane season which officially begins, savannah, this friday, june 1st .
>> it is just beginning. mike