Hurricane Beryl Set to Hit Texas Coast with Life-Threatening Storm Surge and Damaging Winds, National Hurricane Center Warns.

Houston, Texas – Tropical Storm Beryl is anticipated to strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall on the Texas coast early Monday, threatening to bring life-threatening storm surge and damaging winds, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Previously a Category 4 hurricane, Beryl caused devastation in parts of the Caribbean, including Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, before weakening to a Category 2 as it hit Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. As it moved across the peninsula, it further weakened into a tropical storm.

Forecast to intensify back into a hurricane on Sunday, Beryl is expected to reach the Texas coast overnight, posing a significant threat of up to 6 feet of storm surge and hurricane-force winds stretching from Padre Island National Seashore to Sabine Pass.

In addition to the potential storm surge and damaging winds, flash flooding is a concern for areas along the middle and northern Texas coast, extending inland to eastern Texas through Monday night.

Authorities have issued warnings regarding rip currents, urging caution for beachgoers along the Gulf Coast as Beryl approaches. Tropical storm-strength winds are predicted to hit the Texas coast as early as Sunday night, with the possibility of heavy rainfall up to 15 inches in the region.

The combination of storm surge and high tide may result in dangerous flooding in normally dry coastal areas. Forecasted surges of 4 to 6 feet in Matagorda Bay and the area from Mesquite Bay to San Luis Pass, as well as 3 to 5 feet in Galveston Bay, highlight the potential impact of Beryl’s arrival.

To prepare for the impending storm, authorities in Texas have been distributing sandbags to residents and taking necessary precautions, with the Houston Independent School District announcing closures for all campuses on Monday and Tuesday.

Currently positioned 165 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, Beryl is moving northwestward with sustained winds of 65 mph and higher gusts. The storm is projected to turn northeastward and head further inland over eastern Texas and Arkansas by late Monday and Tuesday.

With a hurricane warning in place for a section of the Texas coast and a storm surge warning issued for specific areas, residents and officials are bracing for the potential impact of Hurricane Beryl as it approaches land.