UPDATE: Going to be ‘a while’ before winds die down across SW La.

Published 5:34 pm Monday, July 8, 2024

The first hurricane of the season, Hurricane Beryl, made landfall early Monday morning near Matagorda, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.

By mid-afternoon it had been downgraded to a tropical storm with its remnants continuing to turn northeast.

“As it moves across east Texas, we’re going to be looking at quite a bit of rainfall,” said Donald Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Lake Charles office. “Beryl should be in Arkansas by Tuesday afternoon and then southeast Missouri.”

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Jones said Southwest Louisiana could experience a low-end flash flood risk as the lingering rainbands associated with Beryl continue to produce periods of heavy rain.

“We’re expecting one of those rainbands to set up somewhere across either Southwest, southeast, maybe central Louisiana and linger,” Jones said. “Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected across Southwest Louisiana through Tuesday. Higher amounts will be possible in narrow areas should long duration of rainbands develop.”

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development issued warnings Monday afternoon of water on highways across the region. In Cameron, Davis and Wakefield roads were holding water; in Creole, Little Chenier Road was affected; in Grand Chenier, warnings were issued for Mermentau River Road; and in Klondike, North Drake and Les Rois roads were affected.

The area also experienced high-speed winds as Beryl moved further inland. Gusts of 20-25 mph were reported in Calcasieu Parish. Jones said the gusts would have the potential to knock trees and branches onto power lines resulting in possible power outages. The winds could also blow around light and loose outdoor objects.
Late Monday afternoon, Entergy reported 224 customers without power in Moss Bluff and 112 without power in Sulphur.
“It will take a little while for winds to gradually calm down as Beryl lifts into the Arklatex,” said National Weather Service Lake Charles Storm Warning Coordinator Doug Cramer.
Southwest Louisiana was also under a tornado watch through Monday evening.
A special marine warning was issued for coastal waters from Cameron Parish to High Island, Texas.