Slow, wet Beryl dumps rain on US Southeast coast

This image provided by NASA shows Subtropical Storm Beryl along the South Carolina Georgia coastlines. The image was acquired Friday May 25, 2012 at 11:30 p.m. EDT. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Southeast coast from north Florida to South Carolina as a cluster of thunderstorms was gathering strength Friday night and expected to become Tropical Storm Beryl over the Memorial Day weekend. The National Weather Service said that the storm's maximum sustained winds were at 45 mph. But they are expected to increase as the storm moves over the waters of the Atlantic. (AP Photo/NASA)

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MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say a cluster of storms gaining strength near the Southeast coast is moving west and is expected to become Tropical Storm Beryl over Memorial Day weekend.

The National Weather Service said that as of 2 a.m. Saturday the system was about 285 miles (460 kilometers) from Charleston, S.C. The storm's winds were at 45 mph, but they were expected to increase as the storm slows down in the Atlantic.

Tropical storm warnings are out for the Volusia/Brevard County line in Florida to Edisto Beach, S.C. The storm is expected to eventually move southwest and the Georgia coast could see heavy rains.

Higher than normal tides will be crashing against the Southeastern coast and may cause flooding. Heavy rain is forecast.

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