US officials assess storm preparations after Beryl

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

With the official start of hurricane season coming Friday, U.S. officials are reviewing their disaster plans -- especially since a tropical storm already swept ashore this week.

While Tropical Storm Beryl left little damage after making landfall around midnight Sunday at Jacksonville, Fla., it gave the city the chance to put its natural disaster plans to the test.

Mayor Alvin Brown says the city will assess the damage before deciding how much federal and state aid to seek.

Although the Atlantic's six-month storm season officially begins Friday, the season got an early start with Tropical Storm Alberto forming earlier in the month off the coast of South Carolina.

Then Beryl swept ashore. Backyard barbecues and graveside Memorial Day observances got a good soaking in southeastern Georgia and northern Florida.

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