Tropical Storm Beryl Live Updates: 121 Texas Counties Prepare for Hurricane’s Impact

Hurricane Beryl heading towards Yucatan Peninsula, Gulf of Mexico

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick warned residents that Tropical Storm Beryl, which is expected to make landfall on the state’s southeast coast Monday morning as a Category 1 hurricane, will be a “deadly storm” for those in its path.

The National Hurricane Center warned that the storm will continue to strengthen as it heads toward Texas and could potentially become a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall on Sunday.

The storm is expected to strengthen to a hurricane as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico, and will be a Category 1 hurricane by the time it reaches the U.S.

Governor Greg Abbott warned Texas residents to prepare for the impact: “As Texas residents and visitors to the southern coastal areas celebrate Independence Day, I urge them to also make an emergency plan to stay safe.”

Beryl has so far killed at least 11 people in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Jamaica and Venezuela after the category five hurricane cut a deadly path through the Caribbean earlier this week.

On Wednesday, the storm knocked out power to 400,000 homes and destroyed buildings in Jamaica.

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Beryl was upgraded to a hurricane before landing

With maximum sustained winds increasing to near 75 mph (120 km/h), Beryl has now been upgraded to a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said.

The hurricane is expected to strengthen further before making landfall off the Texas coast on Monday, it said.

Beryl was an extraordinary storm, setting records as the earliest Category 5 hurricane ever documented.

The hurricane caused widespread devastation in the Caribbean, particularly on the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Mayreau, Union and Grenada.

Beryl was one of the most powerful storms to ever hit Jamaica, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity.

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Shweta SharmaJuly 8, 2024 05:19

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Beryl is expected to be the first hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. of the 2024 season

The National Weather Service continues to predict that Tropical Storm Beryl will hit Texas as a Category 1 hurricane on Monday morning.

This makes Beryl the first Atlantic hurricane to hit the U.S. during the summer and fall 2024 hurricane season.

Graig GraziosiJuly 8, 2024 04:59

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Houston Airport May Cancel Flights as Beryl Approaches

Houston Airport has indicated that flight delays or cancellations are possible as Beryl approaches Texas.

Also, for flights departing to or arriving at destinations outside the direct path of the storm, “airlines may need to adjust their flight schedules and routes due to the overall impact of the hurricane on their network.”

People were urged not to seek shelter at the airport during the storm.

“As the storm approaches and people plan to stay indoors and be safe from the storm, we want to remind everyone that our airports are not equipped to serve as storm shelters. We do not have enough supplies and personnel to accommodate people seeking shelter during the storm,” the report said.

Shweta SharmaJuly 8, 2024 04:53

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National Hurricane Center predicts peak storm surge for Texas coast

According to the NHC, there is a risk of life-threatening storm surge flooding along the Texas coast from Mesquite Bay to Sabine Pass, including Matagorda Bay and Galveston Bay.

Shweta SharmaJuly 8, 2024 04:33

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Storm Beryl approaching with 70mph winds as conditions ‘deteriorate’

Conditions are expected to deteriorate with dangerous storm surges, flash flooding and strong winds as Beryl is expected to make landfall as a hurricane along the Texas coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

According to the 10 p.m. CDT advisory, Beryl is located 75 miles (120 km) southeast of Matagorda, Texas, and about 110 miles (180 km) east of Corpus Christi, Texas.

The storm is moving with sustained wind speeds of up to 110 km/h.

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Shweta SharmaJuly 8, 2024 04:18

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Floridians join forces to help victims of Hurricane Beryl

Communities in Florida are joining forces to help other communities affected by Hurricane Beryl.

The storm killed at least nine people in the Caribbean and also hit the island of Carriacou in Grenada earlier this week.

Florida residents, no strangers to the power of hurricanes, have begun donating essential items and volunteering their time to prepare the donated goods for shipment to hurricane-affected communities that need them most.

US: Florida residents join forces to help victims of Hurricane Beryl

Graig GraziosiJuly 8, 2024 04:00

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Texas residents brace for power outages and flooding as Beryl moves closer to land

Rain and increasing winds battered residents along the Texas coast as powerful Storm Berly approached, leaving a trail of destruction across parts of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Although Beryl was still a tropical storm as it moved toward Texas on Sunday, the storm threatened to regain hurricane strength in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall Monday morning.

The storm was expected to make landfall in the mid-Texas coast around Matagorda Bay, an area about 100 miles (161 kilometers) south of Houston. However, officials warned that its path could still change.

Texas officials warned that the storm would cause power outages and flooding, but also expressed concern that not enough coastal residents and beach vacationers in Beryl’s path were heeding warnings to leave. “One of the things that concerns us a little bit is we’ve looked at all the roads that leave the coast and the maps are still green,” said Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who is serving as the state’s acting governor.

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Shweta SharmaJuly 8, 2024 03:58

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When is Beryl expected to make landfall in Texas?

Beryl is expected to make landfall in southeast Texas early Monday morning as a Category 1 hurricane.

State officials have issued disaster declarations for 121 counties in advance of the storm’s arrival.

Graig GraziosiJuly 8, 2024 03:00

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White House: Biden Keeps Eye on Beryl Development as It Approaches Texas

Joe Biden and administration officials are closely monitoring the development of Tropical Storm Beryl as it moves toward southeast Texas.

“We are in close contact with our state and local counterparts and FEMA has pre-positioned response personnel, search and rescue teams, bottled water, meals, tarps, and electrical generators in case they are needed. On Sunday, FEMA activated its National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) to further support local response efforts,” the White House said in a statement to reporters on Sunday.

Graig GraziosiJuly 8, 2024 02:00

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WATCH: Beryl expected to reach Texas coast on Monday

Beryl is expected to reach the Texas coast on Monday

Graig GraziosiJuly 8, 2024 01:00

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