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Beryl produces rip currents off N.C. coast, could make for wet holiday weekend

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Joel Izaguirre, left, and Dorian Hernandez of Dunn, N.C., ride some heavy surf at Carolina Beach, N.C. May 26. Strong rip currents created dangerous swimming conditions and prompted Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue to close the beach to swimming and not allow people in past their knees.

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Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue squad leader Evan Anderson places a sign in the sand closing the beach to swimming at Carolina Beach, N.C., May 26.

Sub-tropical storm Beryl's presence off the southeastern U.S. coast could produce a lot of rain and create dangerous conditions for beachgoers:

"A three-day thunderstorm is what it's probably going to be," said Jay Wiggins, emergency management director for Glynn County, which is about 60 miles south of Savannah, Ga., and includes Brunswick and St. Simons Island. "Unfortunately, it's going to ruin a lot of Memorial Day plans."

Wiggins said he expects some flooded roadways and scattered power outages, perhaps some minor flooding in waterfront homes, but otherwise little damage. However, he urged beachgoers to beware of dangerous rip currents.

-- Reported by msnbc.com staff and news service reports

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A powerful storm is making its way through the Atlantic. The Weather Channel's Paul Goodloe reports.