Hurricane Beryl Barrels Towards Texas – Category 1 Impact Expected Within Hours

Houston, Texas – Former Hurricane Beryl is on its way to making its third and final landfall in Texas after traveling over 3,000 miles across the tropical Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Meteorologists are predicting that the storm will intensify into a hurricane by Sunday night or Monday upon reaching the Texas coast.

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Beryl to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane along the lower or middle Texas coast, with a significant risk of damaging hurricane-force winds and life-threatening storm surge. Additionally, heavy rains of 5 to 10 inches are expected inland, posing a threat of flooding, along with the possibility of tropical tornadoes affecting the greater Houston metro area.

Hurricane watches are in effect along the Texas coast from southwest of Galveston Bay to the Texas-Mexico border, with storm surge watches extending to High Island. The predicted storm surge could reach up to 3 to 5 feet, posing a significant threat to coastal areas.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Texas coast south of Baffin Bay to the Mexico border, with the likelihood of warnings expanding. The storm is currently exhibiting disorganized features, and forecasters expect it to strengthen as it reorganizes, with conditions conducive for significant strengthening by Sunday morning.

Impacts from Beryl are expected to begin in South Texas near Brownsville, with rain showers and tropical storm-force winds arriving possibly as early as midmorning Sunday. As the storm progresses north, areas like Corpus Christi and Houston are expected to experience heavy rains and gusty winds, with preparations urged to be completed by late Saturday.

Authorities in Texas, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, have issued preemptive disaster declarations for several counties in anticipation of the storm’s impact. The potential for tornadoes and heavy rain may persist as Beryl’s remnants move inland, extending into neighboring states like southeast Oklahoma and Arkansas.

As the storm approaches landfall, there are still uncertainties about its exact path and intensity. Beryl has already made history as the earliest-forming Category 5 hurricane on record in the Atlantic. Its impacts have been felt across the Caribbean, causing widespread damage and casualties in several areas.

The storm’s effects on the Texas coast, particularly cities like Corpus Christi and Houston, remain a concern, with residents urged to stay informed and prepared for potentially dangerous conditions. As Beryl continues on its path toward Texas, meteorologists will continue to monitor and provide updates to ensure the safety of those in its projected path.