Beryl moves east of Waco, 0.1 inches expected locally

After Hurricane Beryl made landfall southwest of Houston early Monday, meteorologists said the storm was weakening and its significant rainfall effects would continue east of Waco.

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

The center predicted heavy rains of 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters) for Monday, with localized amounts of 15 inches (38 centimeters) in parts of the Texas coast and East Texas. However, the storm’s track passed well east of McLennan County, and Waco is expected to receive 1 inch (2.5 millimeters) of rain.

Rain forecast for Beryl on Monday morning

All of Tropical Storm Beryl’s rainfall is expected to make landfall east of Waco, according to the National Weather Service forecast Monday morning. The storm will weaken to a post-tropical cyclone by Tuesday and the system will continue to bring rain to the Mississippi Valley, moving generally northeastward.

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

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The weather forecast for the greater Waco area for Monday calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m., then likely showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 1 and 4 p.m., and a chance of showers after 4 p.m. Mostly cloudy weather was expected, with a steady temperature of around 27 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 70%, with rainfall amounts between 0.3 and 0.6 millimeters.

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.

At 11 a.m., the hurricane center had downgraded Beryl to a tropical storm. Sustained winds of 60 mph and gusts of up to 82 mph were reported at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport. The storm was located 30 miles north-northwest of Houston and was 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 of 39 to 73 mph (63 to 117 km/h) are extending up to 115 miles (185 km) outward from the center, with forecasts calling for the storm to be 130 to 150 miles (210 to 240 km) 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.