Southeast, West Battle Tropical Storms, Fire

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Severe weather is still hammering many parts of the country Tuesday, with Tropical Storm Beryl drenching the Southeast. 

Memorial Day was a wash for many along the East Coast in Florida and Georgia.  Beryl's 70-mile-per-hour gusts knocked out power for more than 20,000 residents in Florida.

"I didn't think the whole tree would go. We weren't even thinking about the whole thing happening," Jacksonville Beach, Fla., homeowner Ray Lackie said.

Beryl has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but it is still expected to drop eight to 12 inches of rain from North Carolina to Florida.  That is good news since some of those states have been suffering a major drought.

The western part of the country is desperate for water as well. Wildfires have been raging in eight states. A 22,000-acre fire in Michigan has already devoured local landmarks, homes, and cabins.

An undisclosed number of homes in the Pike Lake area were evacuated because of the blaze.

"Today we've been working, taking the evacuees we had evacuated out of here, back to the residence so they could see the residence, get something out if their residence hasn't burned," Emergency Management Coordinator Terry Stark explained, "also to give the opportunity to people who have lost their residence to see it."

A huge fire in New Mexico's Gila National Forest has burned more than 152,000 thousand acres. The fire is on track to become the biggest wildfire in that state's history. 

"We are just hoping and praying that mother nature will give us a break," business owner Mary Ann Connelly said.

More than 1,100 firefighters are working to contain the blaze. The fires are being fueled by record heat across the Midwest. 

From Ohio to Wisconsin record high temperatures put a damper on the Memorial Day weekend, breaking nearly 300 record-highs.

"I like it and then it bothers me 'cause it's too hot.  I feel like I'm in Egypt," Chris of north Philadelphia exclaimed.

Meanwhile, forecasters say remnants of tropical storm Beryl will stick around through the middle of this week.  The storm is expected to drop much needed rain north Florida and Southeast Georgia.

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