Hurricane Beryl: Watches, warnings in effect for Texas, Houston area

Hurricane Beryl: Watches, warnings in effect for Texas, Houston area

Hurricane Beryl: Watches, warnings in effect for Texas, Houston area:

Hurricane Beryl: Watches, warnings in effect for Texas, Houston area

HOUSTON – Beryl regained hurricane strength in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday night as it approached the Texas coast and made landfall around 4 a.m. in Matagorda.

As of 4 a.m., the Category 1 hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. It was located about in Matagorda, 85 miles south-southwest of Houston, and was moving north at 12 mph.

Beryl, which had weakened to a tropical storm while crossing the Yucatan Peninsula last week, regained hurricane strength in the Gulf of Mexico shortly before landfall.

As of 4 a.m., Beryl had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. It was located about 6 miles south of Matagorda and was moving north at 12 mph.

As of 5 a.m., Beryl had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. It was located about 13 miles north of Matagorda and was moving north at 12 mph.

As of 7 a.m., Beryl had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. It was located about 28 miles south of Needville and was moving north at 12 mph.

As of 8 a.m., Beryl had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. It was located about 3 miles west of Needville and was moving north at 12 mph.

Authorities are urging residents to stay put and hunker down as severe weather conditions continue to impact the area. Wind gusts at 6 a.m. reached nearly 70 mph at Hobby Airport, while serious storm surges have been reported in Freeport and Surfside. Flash flooding is occurring almost everywhere, creating hazardous conditions on the roads.

 

Flash Flood Warning

There’s an extended Flash Flood Warning for several counties in southeastern Texas, including Harris County, until 11:00 a.m. Areas that are expected to be affected by flash flooding include Pasadena, Pearland, League City, Sugar Land, Baytown, Missouri City, Texas City, Friendswood, La Porte, Deer Park, Rosenberg, Alvin, Dickinson, Stafford, South Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, La Marque, Katy, and Santa Fe.

Beryl path: Impacts to Texas and Houston

Monday is going to be nasty all across the Houston-Galveston area. 

Expect a large swath of 40-70 mph winds for cities like Freeport, Bay City, Wharton, Rosenberg and possibly Sugar Land, Katy, and by midday, the Great Houston area.

Galveston Island and bay communities will be threatened by a storm surge of 3–6 feet, which will cover low-lying roads, making some impassible, and may be higher near landfall.

Rainfall could range from 5-10 inches, so flooding is also a concern on Monday. Fortunately, Beryl will be a fast mover which will limit the duration of heavy rain.

Beryl is expected to weaken as it moves across Texas into Arkansas.

The bottom line is to prepare to not leave your home at all on Monday. Hunker down, be prepared to lose electricity, make sure to have medicines, food that won’t spoil, pet food, and other essentials.

Tornado Watch for Houston, other counties

A Tornado Watch has been issued until 10 a.m. Monday for some Southeast Texas counties including Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda and Montgomery counties.

A tornado watch is when tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

You should be prepared for an actual tornado during a tornado watch. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued, or you suspect a tornado is approaching.

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