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Houston won’t feel the effects of Beryl yet. This is where it gets tricky

Houston won’t feel the effects of Beryl yet. This is where it gets tricky

Houston won’t feel the effects of Beryl yet. This is where it gets tricky

As Beryl moves through the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm on Saturday, Houston will escape the weekend with minimal influences from Beryl aside from the additional moist air mass hovering over the region.

Afternoon storms this weekend may bring slightly heavier rainfall due to the influx of tropical moisture, but Beryl’s showers likely won’t reach Houston until Sunday night or Monday.

STAY ALERT: At this time of year, it’s important to keep track of active tropical storms or hurricanes. Use our Texas Storm Tracker to monitor Beryl.

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Despite a potentially rainy period early next week, Houston at this time should dodge the worst Beryl has to offer. Accumulated rainfall amounts through midweek could be 4 to 6 inches, especially toward the coast. Locally higher totals are possible, but manageable for area rivers and streams.

Windy conditions are expected through Tuesday as Beryl approaches. Wind gusts could reach near tropical storm force, around 39 mph. When tropical storms or hurricanes make landfall, sudden tornadoes are possible. Although the risk is low, it is important to remain alert through Monday.

Temperatures will be cooler due to increased rain, clouds and wind. Early next week, highs will be in the mid-80s and low-90s.

Tropical Storm Beryl on Saturday

The first major hurricane of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season formed in late June and is now a tropical storm on its final approach to the Gulf of Mexico. Fortunately, Beryl has weakened dramatically since it first hit the Windward Islands as a major hurricane on Monday. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t regain strength over the weekend.

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Forecast models are increasingly in agreement that Beryl will make landfall on the South Texas coast on Monday morning.

Forecast models are increasingly in agreement that Beryl will make landfall on the South Texas coast on Monday morning.

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Beryl is forecast to bring rain, wind, and strong surf to South Texas through the weekend and early next week. When will the worst weather hit, and what can Houston expect from Beryl?

The winds arrive on Sunday morning.

There is high confidence that the forecast track will take Beryl into southern Texas Sunday night into early Monday morning.

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The first sign that Beryl is approaching Texas will be increasingly strong surf. This weekend, it is important for residents and tourists to heed all danger flags on beaches. This weekend, red flags are likely to be in place along the Texas Gulf Coast, indicating strong rip currents and rough, dangerous surf. As a result, swimming is likely to be unsafe in most cases.

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Double red flags are possible this weekend, meaning the water will be closed to the public due to dangerous conditions. This year, 19 rip current deaths have been reported, two of them in the Galveston area.

The second indication of Beryl’s impending arrival will be an increase in winds. Tropical storm-force wind gusts of more than 39 mph are expected to arrive Sunday morning from Corpus Christi to Brownsville. Beryl is not expected to have the same winds in Texas as it had in parts of the Caribbean earlier in the week, but we could see hurricane-force wind gusts of 74 mph in the Rio Grande Valley.

The latest forecasts indicate that Beryl will make landfall as a hurricane between Sunday night and Monday morning along the Coastal Bend.

The latest forecasts indicate that Beryl will make landfall as a hurricane between Sunday night and Monday morning along the Coastal Bend.

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Flooding potential through Monday

When it rains, it pours, especially when it comes to tropical systems making landfall. The outer bands of Beryl are expected to reach southern Texas on Sunday, with the heaviest rainfall along the coast expected early Monday. These tropical downpours could lead to riverine flooding and flash flooding, particularly in poorly drained areas around urban centers.

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Even as the remnants of Beryl linger through midweek, a continued flow of deep tropical moisture will maintain the potential for heavy rainfall. Coastal areas could experience 4 to 8 inches of rain Sunday through Wednesday.

Beryl will bring heavy rain to parts of Texas, with peak rainfall along the coast and near Houston. Here are the rainfall totals through Wednesday.

Beryl will bring heavy rain to parts of Texas, with peak rainfall along the coast and near Houston. Here are the rainfall totals through Wednesday.

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WHAT IS YOUR RISK?: You can use our interactive Texas Flood Map and Tracker to see what the long-term flood risk is where you live.

Coastal flooding can overwhelm normally flood-prone locations along the Texas Gulf Coast. While significant storm surge is not expected, a large wind current in the Gulf of Mexico will pile up water along the immediate coast, as we saw with Tropical Storm Alberto last month.

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Beryl will bring more clouds, rain, breezy winds and cooler temperatures. Early next week, highs will drop to the mid-80s and low-90s, which is 5 to 8 degrees below normal.

Beryl will bring more clouds, rain, breezy winds and cooler temperatures. Early next week, highs will drop to the mid-80s and low-90s, which is 5 to 8 degrees below normal.

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