Houston now at risk of a life-threatening storm as Beryl’s track shifts eastward

Houston now at risk of a life-threatening storm as Beryl’s track shifts eastward

Houston now at risk of a life-threatening storm as Beryl’s track shifts eastward

Since Friday, Tropical Storm Beryl’s track has changed significantly, putting the greater Houston area at risk for high winds and torrential rain. As we get closer to the landfall zone, our forecasts are narrowing on who will see the first hurricane make landfall in the United States this year.

Hurricane Beryl’s projected path as of Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 4:00 a.m.

Residents between the U.S.-Mexico border and Galveston Bay now face the possibility of Tropical Storm Beryl making landfall Monday afternoon. The highest chance of landfall is somewhere near Corpus Christi to the north. Beryl is expected to make landfall Monday afternoon, with rain and wind beginning Sunday night.

Tropical Storm Beryl, which made landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Friday morning, has weakened significantly due to its movement over land and unfavorable environmental conditions. The storm’s lack of coherence has caused its track to deviate further northward compared to previous forecasts. An upper-level trough west of Beryl is also contributing to this northward motion, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Although it is currently a tropical storm, Beryl is expected to encounter warm waters, an essential factor in strengthening a tropical cyclone. The NHC predicts Beryl will regain strength and become a Category 1 hurricane, with winds reaching up to 92 mph Monday morning before landfall.

Heavy rainfall poses a major concern with Beryl. Some areas of the state could receive between 6 and 15 inches of rain. Houston could experience between 6 and 8 inches, while San Antonio could see approximately 2 to 4 inches. Flash flooding is a dangerous hazard to watch for.

NHC’s 5-day rainfall totals forecast for Tropical Storm Beryl, valid as of 1 a.m. July 6, 2024.

Storm surge from Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to bring 2 to 5 feet of water to the Texas coast. Residents living in Galveston, Matagorda, and Corpus Christi bays will experience rising water levels and are likely to experience additional flooding. Areas with low elevations are particularly vulnerable to flooding.

NHC Peak Storm Surge Forecast valid as of 4 a.m. Sunday, July 6.

Rip currents are already a threat on all Texas beaches, and boating will become dangerous as Beryl approaches the Lone Star State. It is advisable to avoid entering the water until the storm system has passed.

As Beryl approaches the United States, residents of Matagorda Bay and north need to prepare their homes for landfall. Think about how your home will hold up in a typical thunderstorm, and then imagine a powerful storm lasting hours or even days. Use this assessment to determine any necessary precautions, such as boarding up windows or getting sandbags.

Stay informed by checking weather updates for the latest on Tropical Storm Beryl, which is headed directly toward Texas.