Hurricane Beryl: Destructive winds and storm surge could hit South Texas this weekend


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This satellite image taken on Friday, July 5, 2024 at 9:40 p.m. Eastern Time shows Tropical Storm Beryl moving toward the Gulf of Mexico.



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Tropical Storm Beryl will strengthen as it moves toward the South Texas coast this weekend, threatening to bring damaging winds, life-threatening storm surges and dangerous flooding to Texas starting late Sunday night. It is expected to be the first U.S. landfalling hurricane of the 2024 Atlantic season. Here's the latest information:

, Beryl is expected to regain strength before reaching land: Beryl, currently a tropical storm, has entered the Gulf of Mexico and was about 545 miles from Corpus Christi, Texas, on Saturday morning. The storm has dumped strong winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surge on much of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula after affecting several Caribbean islands. After that, Beryl is expected to strengthen again on Sunday before its projected final landfall in South Texas.

, Storm surge and storm surge monitoring continues: hurricane And a storm surge watch was extended eastward along the Texas coast Friday night. A hurricane watch is in effect along the Texas coast from the mouth of the Rio Grande to San Luis Pass. A storm surge watch is also in effect along the Texas coast from the Rio Grande north to High Island, including coastal Harris County. On the northeastern coast of Mexico, a hurricane watch is in effect from Barra el Mezquital to the mouth of the Rio Grande.

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• Beryl expected to defeat South Texas: According to the National Hurricane Center, Beryl is forecast to make landfall near Corpus Christi as a Category 1 hurricane on Monday afternoon. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the state is likely to see Beryl's effects from Sunday through Monday. “We pray and hope that there are no rain events, but even a rain event could be very heavy,” Patrick said. “We're preparing for the worst across the state.”

• Dangerous storm surges US Gulf Coast: Tropical storm conditions will begin to be felt along the western Gulf Coast on Sunday, and hurricane conditions are expected later in the day. Storm surges of up to 5 feet are forecast along southern parts of the Texas coast. The National Hurricane Center said heavy rainfall of 5 to 10 inches, including locally up to 15 inches, is forecast along the Texas Gulf Coast and east Texas from late Sunday through the middle of next week. Flash flooding and urban flooding is expected. Strong currents will create life-threatening conditions at beaches along much of the Gulf Coast over the weekend.

• Beryl killed at least nine people: Beryl became the first recorded Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic earlier this week. The storm killed at least nine people in the Caribbean, including two in Jamaica, three in Venezuela, three in Grenada and one in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

• Climate change makes Beryl's condition worse: The unusually warm ocean waters that fueled Beryl's intensity suggest this hurricane season will be far from normal. A new Rapid Attribution Analysis from Climometers found that Beryl's impacts in Jamaica were made worse by climate change. The study found that modern storms like Beryl that strike close to Jamaica are capable of bringing 30% more rain and 10% stronger winds than similar storms that struck from 1979 to 2001, because of human-caused climate change.

• How to help affected people: Residents of Jamaica are assessing the damage after Beryl struck the Caribbean island with destructive winds and storm surge. The storm killed two people in the country and left hundreds of thousands of homes without power. Beryl was the most powerful storm to impact the country in more than 15 years. Beryl caused heavy damage across the region, including St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Grenada. Many charities are actively distributing aid across the region. Contribute to relief efforts here.

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Everton Evanks walks through his living room on Thursday, July 4, after the roof of his home was blown off by Hurricane Beryl's winds in St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica.

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Soldiers collect branches fallen by Hurricane Beryl in Tulum, Mexico, on Friday.

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People sit on cots at the National Arena in Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday. The arena was serving as a shelter after Hurricane Beryl.

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A boat damaged by Hurricane Beryl lies overturned at a wharf in Kingston on Thursday.

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Simone Francis collects belongings from her home blown away by Hurricane Beryl in Old Harbour, Jamaica, on Thursday.

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In preparation for Beryl, boats were anchored in the Nichupte Lagoon in Cancun, Mexico on Thursday.

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A man walks past a fallen tree in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday.

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A car drives near a storm-damaged area in Kingston on Wednesday.

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Workers install wooden panels on glass doors at a hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Wednesday.

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Evacuees from Union Island will arrive in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday.

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Houses were damaged on Petite Martinique Island on Tuesday.

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People walk near damaged vehicles in Cumancoa, Venezuela, on Tuesday.

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Waves from Hurricane Beryl crash against a seawall in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Tuesday.

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Pastor Winston Alleyne clears trees fallen by Hurricane Beryl in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday.

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Fishing boats damaged by Hurricane Beryl lay in piles at the Bridgetown Fisheries in Barbados on Monday.

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Sylvia Small waits to enter the Bridgetown Fisheries Wharf on Monday so she can inspect the damage to her boat in Barbados.

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NASA astronaut Matthew Dominick shared this photo of the storm as seen from space on Monday. He felt “a strange feeling and extreme excitement for the weather” as he watched the storm through the camera, he said in a post on X.

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Members of the Barbados Armed Forces clear a sand-filled street in Oistins, Barbados, on Monday.

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A man cleans water from a damaged restaurant in Hastings, Barbados, on Monday.

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Brad Reinhart, senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, tracks Hurricane Beryl on Monday.

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People in Kingston, Jamaica line up to buy groceries as Beryl approaches on Monday.

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A man locks a shop window in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Sunday.

Texas officials have urged residents to prepare ahead of Beryl's expected strike on coastal areas this weekend.

“Everyone living on the coast should pay attention to this storm,” Lt. Gov. Patrick said during a briefing Friday.

Several counties along the Texas coast have already asked residents to evacuate due to potentially dangerous conditions caused by Beryl. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has also issued a severe weather disaster declaration for 40 counties, as the state grapples with “heavy rainfall, flooding conditions, and strong tropical winds.”

Matagorda County has issued a voluntary evacuation order ahead of Beryl's arrival, the county's emergency operations center said on social media. The order asks people to voluntarily evacuate coastal areas of the county, including Sargent, Matagorda and Palacios.

The Aransas County Emergency Management Office also called for voluntary evacuations.

“Please take all precautions to prepare your family for this potentially dangerous weather event. Residents living in low-lying areas, people with special needs, or those living in RVs should begin voluntary evacuations immediately,” the county posted on Facebook.

Judge Rudy Madrid in Kleberg County has issued a “voluntary evacuation for Baffin Bay, Loyola Beach and all low-lying areas,” according to a social media post from the city of Kingsville.

Nueces County Judge Connie Scott asked coastal residents living in low-lying areas or in need of assistance to evacuate as the storm is expected to hit the area as a hurricane, the county posted on social media.

The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi warned residents that “now is the time to prepare” for Beryl as its track forecast shows it moving north along the Texas coast.

“Residents should really be aware that the earliest onset of tropical storm force winds is expected to be Sunday afternoon,” Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette Guajardo said Friday.

Guajardo asked people visiting the city for the July 4 weekend to “if you feel you have to return early, please do so early.”

The weather service in Houston is also asking people to remain alert.

“At this time, the main impacts for southeast Texas will be increased rainfall (Monday/Tuesday) and the possibility of tropical storm force winds (34kts) by Sunday morning. Stay tuned and stay informed,” the weather service posted on X.

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