JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - Tropical Storm Beryl has left roughly 20,000 people in northeast Florida without power.
Beryl came ashore just after midnight Monday near Jacksonville Beach with near-hurricane-strength winds of 70 mph. The storm, downgraded to a depression late Monday morning, is expected to continue dumping rain over parts of Florida and Georgia throughout the day.
In Jacksonville, about 20,000 people were without power. City spokeswoman Pam Roman says some flooding was reported in neighborhoods along the St. Johns River.
"The wind and the rain was howling pretty bad," said Charlie Barber, whose house was nearly hit by a fallen power pole. "I heard a crashing sound. I'm glad it didn't fall on my house."
A fence was blown over in the back yard of a nearby house, and several trees were toppled in the region.
In Nassau County, about 5,500 people were without power. County Commissioner Stacy Johnson says some trees had fallen onto houses or vehicles, but no injuries were reported.
In St. Augustine, a Gavin DeGraw concert Sunday night was canceled just as audience members were starting to arrive. St. Augustine Amphitheatre officials said they decided to cancel as Beryl gained strength.
Strong winds and lightning were expected in the Orlando area throughout Memorial Day.
Orange County authorities said a shed was destroyed when a tree fell onto it. A nearby house was damaged by the same tree, officials said.
After letting up Monday morning, rains drenched Daytona Beach around the lunch hour, scattering beachgoers by the dozens.
Red flag warnings continue at beaches in Volusia and Flagler counties.
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