MIAMI (AP) -- May 26, 2012
A cluster of thunderstorms that is expected to become Tropical Storm Beryl could make for a sloppy Memorial Day in the southeast.
Tropical storm warnings were in effect Saturday from northern Florida to South Carolina.
Beryl was technically still considered a "subtropical storm," but the system is expected to bring winds and rain to the area regardless of its official classification.
Tropical storm conditions -- meaning maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph) -- could reach the coast as early as Saturday night. Some coastal flooding is forecast, as the rain could cause high tides.
Late Saturday morning, Beryl was centered about 230 miles east-southeast of Charleston, S.C.
The southeastern coast is popular with tourists who visit to enjoy the beaches and wilderness areas.