POSTED: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 4:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A rare May tropical storm sounded a wake-up call along the Southeast Coast Monday.
Hurricane season, which officially starts June 1st, is already here.
Tropical Storm Beryl came ashore at near hurricane strength not far from Jacksonville Beach just after midnight.
With sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, beryl is the strongest may tropical storm on record.
On Georgia's St. Simon's Island, high winds brought an experience young Bailey Hiles will never forget.
"I felt like the roof was just going to come off," she said.
The Memorial Day weekend proved more nerve-wracking than relaxing for those who chose to ride out the storm.
"We were on the beach, we came on the beach first and that was a little scary so we decided to move to the pier," said Justin Nolan.
Rain and rough seas along the Southeast coast are flooding low-lying areas, putting a damper on Memorial Day plans as crews work to restore power and clean up debris left behind by this pre-season storm.