JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Jacksonville, spending time with the mayor and being brought up to date on the recovery work in the wake of Tropical Storm Beryl.
Beryl came ashore near Jacksonville Monday morning, shortly after midnight local time, packing winds of near hurricane force.
Scott met with the Jacksonville mayor and other elected officials, who said that crews had already begun removing downed trees and other debris.
An estimated 20,000 residents of the city had been left without power by the storm, though local utility crews had started the restoration process as soon as the storm had diminished to a safe level.
Mayor Alvin Brown said they would assess the extent of the damage before deciding whether or not help from the state and federal levels might be needed.
The storm forced the cancellation of Memorial Day events in the city, and caused the kinds of road problems that are familiar to Floridians.
Officials with the Florida Highway patrol said they had no reports of storm-related crashes as of Monday night.