UPDATE: Beryl to become hurricane again before reaching Texas

Published 10:30 am Saturday, July 6, 2024

Tropical Storm Beryl, which is in the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, remains very disorganized this morning with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.

National Weather Service Lake Charles meteorologist Donald Jones said little intensification is expected today as it will take some time for Beryl to become organized enough to support redevelopment.

“Additional strengthening is expected on Sunday and Monday and Beryl is forecast to become a strong category 1 hurricane again prior to landfall near Port Lavaca, Texas,” Jones said. “Even with 60 mph winds, it got turned apart pretty good over the Yucatan Peninsula.”

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Landfall is expected about noon on Monday with 90 mph winds.

Jones said Beryl will be moving into sea surface temperatures in the upper 80s across the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.

“These temperatures will support intensification Sunday and early Monday prior to landfall,” he said.

The most significant impacts to Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana continue to be the threat for 2-6 inches of rainfall and minor coastal flooding of 1-2 feet. Impacts could increase should the forecast track and landfall shift further up the Texas coast.