Photo Gallery | Tropical Storm Beryl: Wind and Waves Hammer Jacksonville Beach Pier
Over the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, you would expect the First Coast beaches to be overcrowded with local residents and tourists planning to take advantage of that well-deserved extra day of relaxation. Mother Nature, however, had another plan: to deliver Tropical Storm Beryl at the doorstep of the First Coast.
On Saturday, May 26th, the beachgoers were still enjoying activities on the beach, the surfers enjoyed some impressive waves, and fishermen were pulling in whiting, pompano and stingrays. But, by Sunday afternoon, May 27th, the crowd changed. Instead of surfers, it was spectators, strollers, and a few devoted fishermen. Miller on Sports spotted only two brave surfers.
Due to the strength of the waves just south of the pier, the surfers had to muster up some real paddling strength just to make it out past the break. One wonders if it was worth the outlay of energy. Within minutes, the surfers were carried too far south to view whether they were able to catch a ride. The waves at the pier were consistently strong. While a group was peering over the very end of the pier, a huge wave smashed the north east end and brought an impressive spray of seawater up over the railing. Fleeing from the spray, that crowd left and was quickly replaced by another. Even the seagulls trying to grab fish scraps were fighting the wind gusts.
By 3:00, the rainbands started to hit the beaches area with 35-40 m.p.h. wind gusts. View the images to see the stollers on the pier and the weather conditions resulting from Beryl's knock at our door.
Stay tune to First Coast News for your weather updates on Tropical Storm Beryl.
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Special story by: B.L. Miller