SAVANNAH, Ga. - Tropical Storm Beryl already was wrecking some Memorial Day weekend plans Sunday, sending shoreline campers inland and canceling some events in the southeastern United States.
Beryl was still well offshore, but officials in Georgia and Florida were already bracing for drenching rains and driving winds. Campers at Cumberland Island, reachable only by boat, were told to leave by 4:45 p.m. It has a number of undeveloped beaches and forests popular with campers.
However, many people seemed determined to make the best of the soggy forecast.
At Greyfield Inn, a 19th-century mansion and the only private inn on Cumberland Island, the rooms were nearly full Sunday and everyone was planning to stay put through the wet weather, said Dawn Drake at the inn's office on the Florida coast.
Beryl was centered about 110 miles east of Jacksonville, Fla., and about 120 miles southeast of Brunswick, Ga., Sunday night. Current forecasts have it making landfall by early Monday, though tropical storm conditions with heavy rain and wind to reach shore hours sooner.
Tropical storm warnings were in effect for the entire Georgia coastline, as well as parts of Florida and South Carolina. Once Beryl comes ashore, it was expected to continue dumping rain over parts of Florida and Georgia on Monday before slowly moving back out to sea.
In Jacksonville, Sunday's jazz festival and Memorial Day ceremony were canceled.