Tropical Storm Beryl, latest update, Texas

Rachel Tucker and Nathaniel Rodriguez

7 hours ago

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to reach hurricane strength early Monday morning before making landfall in Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center, prompting authorities to warn of potentially “deadly” conditions.

At 11 p.m., Beryl had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and was located about 100 miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas.

It is moving north-northwest at 10 miles per hour.

“Beryl remains a strong tropical storm, although it has appeared much more organized on satellite imagery over the past few hours as it continues to move northwest at about 10 mph,” said WFLA meteorologist Eric Stone. “It is expected to make landfall near Bay City, Texas, as a Category 1 hurricane early this morning, bringing rain, wind and storm surge to the area. Rainbands have already reached southeast Texas, including the Houston area, as 6 to 8 inches of rain are expected to fall along Beryl’s path.”

Regardless of whether Beryl hits Texas as a tropical storm or a hurricane, it is forecast to bring dangerous storm surge, flash flooding and strong winds. The storm is expected to dump 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters) of rain on the Texas coast and eastern part of the state.

In a press conference in Austin on Sunday, Texas authorities urged residents to follow evacuation orders and expect power outages as Beryl moves through the region. More than 100 counties have now been declared disaster areas in the state.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, representing Governor Greg Abbott, warned that if Beryl develops into a hurricane, it will be a “deadly storm” for people in its direct path. The National Hurricane Center predicted a “life-threatening” storm surge in its Sunday evening update.

Storm surges of varying heights are expected in the following areas:

  • Mesquite Bay, Texas to San Luis Pass, Texas – 4-6 feet
  • Matagorda Bay – 4-6 feet
  • San Luis Pass, Texas to High Island, Texas – 3-5 feet
  • N Entrance Padre Island NS, Texas to Mesquite Bay, Texas – 3-5 feet
  • Galveston Bay – 3-5 feet

Hurricane warnings and watches have been issued for additional areas.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the following areas:

  • The Texas coast from Mesquite Bay north to Port Bolivar

A hurricane warning is in effect for the following areas:

  • The Texas coast north of San Luis Pass to Port Bolivar

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the following areas:

  • The Texas coast south of Mesquite Bay to Port Mansfield
  • The Texas coast north of San Luis Pass to Sabine Pass

A storm surge warning applies to the following areas:

  • From Mesquite Bay to Sabine Pass, including Matagorda Bay and Galveston Bay