UPDATE: Beryl’s track shifts slightly to the east

Published 2:39 pm Sunday, July 7, 2024

Tropical Storm Beryl is continuing to move across the central Gulf of Mexico with maximum winds of 60 mph. Its forecast track has shifted about 30 miles east of the previous track and it is now expected to make landfall near Matagorda Bay, Texas.

It is forecast to be a Category 1 hurricane for its early Monday morning Texas landfall with maximum winds of about 85 mph.

“Beryl is starting to get back aligned again and beginning to start to re-intensify,” Donald Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Lake Charles office said.

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A tropical storm watch has been issued from High Island, Texas, to Sabine Pass, Texas, and the adjacent waterways.

A coastal flood warning will be in effect from 7 p.m. tonight through 7 p.m. Monday. Water rises of up to 3 feet may occur. Some roads that may flood during high tide include Highways 82 and 27 near Holly Beach and Cameron, Deep Bayou Road, and Rutherford Beach Road.

Wind shear has decreased around Beryl, which is expected to allow for intensification throughout today, Jones said.

There is a 5-20 percent chance of the area seeing tropical storm-force winds. If Southwest Louisiana is to experience those kinds of winds it would begin about 8 p.m. this evening to about 2 a.m. Monday morning.

“We are not expecting to see hurricane-force winds anywhere in Southwest Louisiana,” Jones said.