Tropical Storm Beryl skirts East Coast on northeast travels

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch July 19 for southeastern Massachusetts, including the Cape Cod area, as Tropical Storm Beryl traveled parallel to the East Coast in its move northeast from Cape Hatteras, N.C.

Beryl became the second named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season on July 18.

Earlier, the storm skirted the North Carolina coast with no damage, and although it could strengthen in the next 24 hours, officials don't expect the storm to become a hurricane.

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