According to North Carolina’s head of the agronomics division for North Carolina Department of Agriculture, rains from tropical depression Beryl on Wednesday were a welcome sight:

“Well, I’d say in general, there’s still some isolated areas that could use some rain, there’s still isolated areas that were behind for the year at this point. Not heard too much complaining or concerns, thus far, on agricultural lands, anyway.”

Independent meteorologist, Kyle Bridgers says that most of South Carolina received good rain, as well:

“In parts of South Carolina, there was up to five inches of rain.”
Messick says that some of the highest rainfall totals from Beryl were in Hyde County:

“Probably on the upper end we’re talking about six to seven inches in Hyde County that would be the maximum amount we’ve heard so far.”
This spring has certainly gotten crops off to a different start than prior years, according to Messick:

“I’d say that state wide, the more frequent rains that we’ve had this spring have been a welcome relief as probably lessened the anxiety and such we’ve had going into this coming summer versus what we’ve had the last several years, anyway.”

As far as crop damage from standing water, and washout issues, Messick says it will be mid week before we know the extent of the problems created by excessive rainfall:

“Yes, I think it’d be the first of next week before we get any handle on any influence those heavy rains have had at this point.”
The northeastern part of North Carolina has been saturated with rain during the month of May, and really didn’t want the six plus inches that Beryl could have brought. Messick says on the outside, that corner of the state received three inches, with an average of an inch or less as the storm blew out to sea.

Speaking of frequent rains, independent meteorologist Kyle Bridgers says we’re in for another round today:

“A strong cold front is going to come through, and impact, starting ffom the western part of the state and moving eastward in the morning time, and then the central parts of North and South Carolina and Virginia will receive some severe weather from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday. So, there’s looking like some damaging winds, some severe gusty winds of up to 40 miles per hour, in excess, and some damaging hail, and you can’t rule out the possibility of an isolated tornado.”

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