Rain chance in Waco decreases as the remnants of Hurricane Beryl weaken and move north

After Hurricane Beryl made landfall southwest of Houston early Monday, forecasters said the storm was weakening and the impact of rains would continue east of Waco.

With maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour, Beryl reached the Texas Gulf Coast near Matagorda at around 4 a.m., the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday. The storm had previously cut a swath through Mexico and the Caribbean.

The center predicted heavy rainfall of 5 to 10 inches for Monday, with local amounts of 15 inches in parts of the Texas coast and East Texas, but the storm track passed well east of McLennan County, and 0.1 inch of rain is expected in Waco.

However, the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Falls, Limestone and Freestone counties for Monday and Tuesday.

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These types of storms are known to strengthen over warm waters, as was the case with Beryl this weekend, and lose energy over land or cold water.

As of the 11 a.m. update, the hurricane center had downgraded Beryl to a tropical storm. Sustained winds of 59 mph and gusts up to 82 mph were reported at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport. The storm was located 30 miles north-northwest of Houston and moving north-northeast over land at 13 mph.

A turn to the northeast with increasing forward speed is expected Monday night and Tuesday, the hurricane center’s update said. The center of Beryl is forecast to move across East Texas on Monday and then through the lower Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The forecast predicts steady weakening and Beryl is expected to develop into a post-tropical cyclone on Tuesday.

Tropical storm-force winds expected at 39 to 73 mph will extend up to 115 miles outward from the center. The storm is expected to track 130 to 150 miles or more east of Waco.

Due to sustained wind speeds at landfall, Beryl was classified as a Category 1 hurricane, meaning a storm with sustained wind speeds between 75 and 95 mph (120 and 153 km/h).

As of 11:00 a.m., two deaths from the storm were reported in Harris County and more than a million electricity customers along the Gulf Coast were without power.