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Hurricane Beryl Set to Impact Central Texas: What You Need to Know

Hurricane Beryl Set to Impact Central Texas: Prepare for Strong Winds, Heavy Rain, and Storm Surge. As Hurricane Beryl intensifies in the Gulf of Mexico, Central Texas is bracing for its imminent landfall. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued multiple warnings, urging residents to prepare for potentially life-threatening conditions. Here’s everything you need to know about Hurricane Beryl’s path, current status, and what to expect in the coming days.

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Current Location and Movement

As of the latest advisory at 4:00 PM CDT (2100 UTC), Hurricane Beryl is located at 26.8N 95.5W, approximately 130 miles south-southeast of Matagorda, Texas, and 135 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. The storm is moving north-northwest at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. Beryl is expected to strengthen, potentially reaching hurricane status before making landfall on the middle Texas coast early Monday.

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Watches and Warnings in Effect

Storm Surge Warning:

  • North Entrance of Padre Island National Seashore to Sabine Pass, including Corpus Christi Bay, Matagorda Bay, and Galveston Bay.
  • Hurricane Warning:
  • Texas coast from Baffin Bay northward to San Luis Pass.
  • Hurricane Watch:
  • Texas coast north of San Luis Pass to Galveston Island.
  • Tropical Storm Warning:
  • Texas coast south of Baffin Bay to the mouth of the Rio Grande, and north of San Luis Pass to Sabine Pass.
  • These warnings indicate that hurricane and tropical storm conditions are imminent. Residents in these areas should take immediate action to protect life and property.
  • Expected Impacts
  • Wind: Hurricane Beryl is expected to bring hurricane-force winds to the warning areas by early Monday. Tropical storm conditions will begin tonight, making outdoor preparations dangerous.
  • Storm Surge: The combination of storm surge and tide could result in flooding of normally dry areas near the coast. Expected storm surge heights above ground level are as follows:
  • Port O’Connor to San Luis Pass: 4-7 feet
  • Matagorda Bay: 4-7 feet
  • San Luis Pass to High Island: 4-6 feet
  • Galveston Bay: 4-6 feet
  • Mesquite Bay to Port O’Connor: 3-5 feet
  • High Island to Sabine Pass: 3-5 feet
  • For more detailed information, visit the National Hurricane Center and your local National Weather Service office.

Hurricane Beryl Set to Impact Central Texas

Rainfall: Heavy rainfall of 5 to 10 inches, with isolated amounts up to 15 inches, is expected across the middle and upper Texas Gulf Coast and eastern Texas through Monday night. This can cause significant flash flooding, urban flooding, and river flooding.

Tornadoes: A few tornadoes are possible along the middle and upper Texas Coast through tonight, extending into eastern Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas on Monday.

Surf: Swells generated by Hurricane Beryl will affect eastern Mexico and much of the U.S. Gulf Coast, creating life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Preparation and Safety Tips

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Evacuation: If you are in an evacuation zone, leave immediately. Follow the instructions from local authorities to ensure your safety.

Supplies: Ensure you have essential supplies, including water, non-perishable food, medications, and emergency kits.

Secure Property: Secure outdoor items, reinforce windows and doors, and move valuable items to higher ground.

Stay Informed: Continuously monitor updates from the National Weather Service and local news for the latest information on Hurricane Beryl’s path and impact.

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Hurricane Beryl Set to Impact Central Texas

Hurricane Beryl poses a significant threat to Central Texas with its potential for strong winds, heavy rainfall, and dangerous storm surge. Preparation and prompt action are crucial to minimize the impact of this powerful storm. Stay informed, stay safe, and take all necessary precautions as Hurricane Beryl approaches.

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