CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Residents along the Southeast coast were warned of possible flooding Tuesday from former Tropical Storm Beryl that left up to 10 inches of rain in northern Florida and was moving northeastward before heading back toward the coast and into the Atlantic.

Beryl sloshed ashore near Jacksonville, Fla., on Memorial Day and was a tropical depression Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (45 kph). It was centered about 115 miles (185 kilometers) west-southwest of Savannah and was moving northeast near 5 mph (7 kph).

The National Hurricane Center said that, on that track, the storm was expected to skim along the South Carolina coast early Wednesday before moving back over the Atlantic and strengthening again into a tropical storm with sustained winds of more than 39 mph.

Beryl is the second named tropical system of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season that doesn't officially begin until Friday.

Skies were hazy and the sun occasionally peaked through at midday Tuesday in Charleston, although storm bands pulled in by the system were approaching from the Atlantic.

Flood watches were in effect in northern Florida and the upper South Carolina coast while flash flood watches were posted from the Savannah area north to the mid-South Carolina coast.

Zarron Allen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, said Beryl dumped 10 inches of rain in Sewanee County, Florida, while nearby areas wound up with 3 to 6 inches.

Forecasters said up to 4 inches could fall on parts of South Carolina, although dry air that was beginning to wrap into the circulation over Georgia could lower that amount.

Rain would be welcome along the South Carolina coast after what has been a warm winter and dry spring. Rainfall in the Charleston area is about 4 inches below normal for the year.

Meteorologist Brett Cimbora of the National Weather Service in Charleston said rain would be sporadic at first as bands of showers spin up off the ocean, then become steadier. "The storm is moving pretty slow and it's bringing in rain off the water," he said.

Cimbora said the threat of flash flooding along the coast is greater because it has been dry and the biggest possibility is late Tuesday. Dry soil is more compacted and sudden heavy rains wash off quickly instead of seeping into the ground, he said.

Reports from the National Weather Service indicated that damage from the system seemed confined downed trees and limbs. Rip currents were reported at the Isle of Palms northeast of Charleston.

The forecast from the National Hurricane Center calls for Beryl to regain tropical storm strength off the North Carolina coast by late Wednesday. But even so, tropical storm force winds were expected to stay offshore so no coastal warnings had been posted.

Cimbora said heavy winds were not expected in the Charleston area as the storm again approached the coast from land. But he said that some of the stronger storms within rain bands could have heavy winds.

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  • A home is damaged after a tree fell in Gainesville, Fla., in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Beryl on Monday, May 28, 2012. Beryl came ashore early Monday near Jacksonville Beach with near-hurricane-strength winds of 70 mph. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Brad McClenny)

  • A yellow caution flag waves from a lifeguard stand at Folly Beach, S.C., on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The National Hurricane Center forecasts the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl will strengthen and reach tropical storm strength off the South Carolina coast on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

  • Swimmers walk on the beach while a yellow caution flag waves from a lifeguard stand at Folly Beach, S.C., on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The National Hurricane Center forecasts the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl will strengthen and reach tropical storm strength off the South Carolina coast on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

  • Matt Malin, of Tampa, Fla., sits with his daughter Olivia, 4, on Monday, May 28, 2012, in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., as Tropical Storm Beryl blew through the area. The red flags indicated beach closure due to dangerous water conditions. (AP Photo/Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

  • Winnie Pajcic, 9, holds on to a railing as she leans back in the wind during a visit to Stockton Park in Ortega, Fla., in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Beryl on Monday May 28, 2012. Beryl came ashore early Monday near Jacksonville Beach with near-hurricane-strength winds of 70 mph. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Kelly Jordan)

  • A crew from the Florida Department of Transportation work to clean up the debris of a tree that fell and damaged the home of Geneva Sercey in Gainesville, Fla., in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Beryl on Monday, May 28, 2012. Beryl came ashore early Monday near Jacksonville Beach with near-hurricane-strength winds of 70 mph. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Brad McClenny)

  • A home is damaged after a tree fell in Gainesville, Fla., in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Beryl on Monday, May 28, 2012. Beryl came ashore early Monday near Jacksonville Beach with near-hurricane-strength winds of 70 mph. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Brad McClenny)

  • A crew from the Florida Department of Transportation work to clean up the debris of a tree that fell and damaged the home of Geneva Sercey in Gainesville, Fla., in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Beryl on Monday, May 28, 2012. Beryl came ashore early Monday near Jacksonville Beach with near-hurricane-strength winds of 70 mph. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Brad McClenny)

  • A crew from the Florida Department of Transportation work to clean up the debris of a tree that fell and damaged the home of Geneva Sercey in Gainesville, Fla., in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Beryl on Monday, May 28, 2012. Beryl came ashore early Monday near Jacksonville Beach with near-hurricane-strength winds of 70 mph. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Brad McClenny)

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