UPDATE: Beryl makes landfall

Published 8:00 am Monday, July 8, 2024

The first hurricane of the season, Hurricane Beryl, made landfall at 4 a.m this morning near Matagorda, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.

Donald Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Lake Charles office, said Beryl is expected to weaken quickly as it moves inland today.

“The rainbands of Beryl will continue to move across the region today,” he said.

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A Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect for coastal Cameron Parish.

Calcasieu Parish could receive wind gusts of 25-35 mph. Wind gusts will have the potential to knock trees and branches onto power lines resulting in a few power outages. Winds will blow around light and loose outdoor objects.

Periods of heavy rainfall within rainbands may lead to street flooding and road closures.

Two to four inches of rain — up to 8 possible — is expected in Calcasieu.

Quick, weak tornadoes could occur within rain bands. Due to the nature of quick development, they may have little to no warning.