Hurricane Beryl downgraded to tropical storm after hitting Texas with 100 mph winds: Live tracking updates

Hurricane Beryl on track for Yucatan Peninsula and Gulf of Mexico

After making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane off the coast of Matagorda, Texas, at 4 a.m. CDT Monday, Beryl has now weakened to a tropical storm and is now moving inland across eastern Texas.

Tropical Storm Beryl was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane after it began moving toward Houston throughout the morning, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of customers in Texas within hours of Beryl hitting the coast.

Officials have confirmed one person has died in Humble, Texas, after a tree fell on a home, causing the structure to collapse.

The National Hurricane Center is warning of heavy rain, strong winds and life-threatening storms in parts of Texas today.

More than a million people in Texas were under a hurricane warning, with acting Texas Gov. Dan Patrick declaring 120 counties disaster areas ahead of the storm and warning that Beryl “will be a killer storm.”

Schools, airports and major oil shipping operations have been suspended and will remain closed throughout Monday.

Hurricane Beryl has already left a trail of destruction as a Category 5 hurricane across Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Nearly 2,000 flights canceled across US as Hurricane Beryl makes landfall

A total of 1,950 flights were canceled across the United States on Monday as Hurricane Beryl made landfall as a hurricane early in the morning.

While not all flights may be canceled due to severe weather, airlines continue to monitor the situation in Texas, which is currently bearing the brunt of Hurricane Beryl’s impact.

United Airlines has so far canceled 409 flights today as of 11:20 a.m. CST, according to tracking data from Flight Aware Offers.

“We continue to monitor Brielle and have reduced flights at Houston International Airport (IAH) Sunday night and Monday,” United Airlines said in a statement to NBC News.

Houston’s airports still top the list of airports with the most canceled flights on Monday, according to the data.

Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport is currently experiencing 80 percent cancellations, a total of 531 flights, due to strong winds brought by Hurricane Beryl.

80 percent of flights at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport have also been canceled, with 163 flights unable to take off today.

More than 20,000 flights have been delayed across the country today.

Amelia NeathJuly 8, 2024 17:25

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Danger still exists despite Beryl being a tropical storm

Beryl has now weakened to a tropical storm, losing its hurricane status, however, authorities warn that life-threatening conditions still pose a significant risk.

Destructive wind gusts near the core of Beryl will continue to spread northward over the next few hours into the Tropical Storm Warning Area, which includes the Houston metropolitan area.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Texas coast from north of Port O’Connor north to Sabine Passage.

A Storm Surge Warning is also in effect for the area from Port O’Connor to Sabine Pass, including Matagorda Bay and Galveston Bay.

Flash flooding and major urban flooding is expected today and into tonight for portions of the central and upper Texas Gulf Coast and East Texas.

Isolated flooding is also expected on small and large rivers.

Parts of the northern and western coasts of the Gulf are expected to experience life-threatening beach conditions due to strong currents through Tuesday, with beachgoers advised to heed warning flags and advice from lifeguards and local officials before entering the water.

Amelia NeathJuly 8, 2024 16:37

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Beryl downgraded to tropical storm

Beryl has weakened slightly, meaning it is no longer considered a hurricane, and is now a tropical storm.

The National Hurricane Center reported that Tropical Storm Beryl is packing maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 km/h) as it approaches Houston, which is currently located 20 miles (30 km) west-northwest of the city.

To be considered a hurricane, Beryl must maintain winds of at least 74 mph (119 km/h) to be a Category 1 hurricane, according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.

Although it is no longer a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center and local officials are still warning that conditions are dangerous, with life-threatening storm surges, damaging wind gusts and major flash flooding continuing in parts of southeast Texas.

Amelia NeathJuly 8, 2024 16:14

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2 million people without power in Texas as Hurricane Beryl continues to move inland

More than 2 million customers are without power in Texas after Hurricane Beryl hit the area in the early morning hours, according to data from power outage.us 9:42 AM CST.

Matagorda County, where Hurricane Beryl made landfall in the United States at 4 a.m. Central Daylight Time, is without power for more than 14,000 customers, while in neighboring Brazoria County, also on the coast, more than 42,000 customers are without power.

In Galveston, 65,000 customers are also without power.

Texas Emergency Management warned Sunday that some residents in the southeast of the state could face power outages when Hurricane Beryl makes landfall.

Residents were urged to charge all necessary devices before the storm and to ensure their cars were filled with fuel before it made landfall.

Kidd also advised that residents who rely on electrical medical equipment be moved to safe areas.

Amelia NeathJuly 8, 2024 16:01

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In pictures: Damage to Texas communities after ponds hit Beryl

A police officer battles high winds from Hurricane Beryl as he searches for passengers of an overturned tractor-trailer in Freeport, Texas, U.S., July 8, 2024.
A police officer battles high winds from Hurricane Beryl as he searches for passengers of an overturned tractor-trailer in Freeport, Texas, U.S., July 8, 2024. (Reuters)
A hotel guest walks through the halls after a power outage caused by Hurricane Beryl, Monday, July 8, 2024, in Bay City, Texas.
A hotel guest walks through the halls after a power outage caused by Hurricane Beryl, Monday, July 8, 2024, in Bay City, Texas. (dad)
Debris and floodwaters from Hurricane Beryl cover a main road in Surfside Beach, Texas, U.S., July 8, 2024.
Debris and floodwaters from Hurricane Beryl cover a main road in Surfside Beach, Texas, U.S., July 8, 2024. (Reuters)
An American flag waves near a mobile home that was overturned by Hurricane Beryl's winds in Surfside Beach, Texas, U.S., July 8, 2024.
An American flag waves near a mobile home that was overturned by Hurricane Beryl’s winds in Surfside Beach, Texas, U.S., July 8, 2024. (Reuters)

Amelia NeathJuly 8, 2024 15:30

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One person killed in Humble, Texas, after tree falls on home amid storm

Authorities in Harris County, Texas, say one person has died in Humble after a tree fell on a home and trapped a man under the debris.

Preliminary information indicates that one person has been confirmed dead, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez wrote just before 8 a.m. Monday.

A 53-year-old man was sitting in his home with his family during the storm when an oak tree fell onto the roof and hit the rafters, causing the structure to fall on the man, the police chief said.

His wife and children were not harmed.

Gonzalez said he was in the field trying to get to the scene.

Amelia NeathJuly 8, 2024 15:19

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Hundreds of flights canceled at Texas airports due to severe weather caused by Hurricane Beryl

Hundreds of flights have been canceled at Houston airports, according to tracking data from FlightAware.

About 80 percent of flights (528) out of George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston were canceled, while 60 percent (123) of flights out of William P. Hobby Airport in Houston were also canceled.

80 percent of flights (16) were also canceled at Corpus Christi International Airport, and even in Dallas, 26 flights were canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

“As the storm approaches and people plan to stay home and stay safe from the storm, we want to remind everyone that our airports are not equipped to serve as storm shelters. We lack the supplies and staff needed to accommodate people seeking shelter during the storm,” Houston Airports wrote yesterday. On X.

Amelia NeathJuly 8, 2024 15:00

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High water and high winds were reported across Texas.

Meteorologists warned that flooding, severe storms and strong winds would affect Texas as Hurricane Beryl makes landfall.

In Freeport, the Mesonet weather station reported winds of 94 mph (151 kph).

Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Galveston Bay station recorded sustained winds of 73 mph (117 km/h) and a gust of 82 mph (131 km/h).

A USGS gauge at the Galveston Railroad Bridge recently indicated a flood level of 3.6 feet above average water height.

Officials continue to warn residents against driving under these conditions.

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Officials urged Texans to stay off the roads as flooding spreads across the region.

Multiple agencies are urging residents to stay put and not drive as flooding is expected to cover some roads in Texas.

Flash flood warnings remain in effect for Houston, Pasadena, Pearland, Lake Jackson, Bay City and Freeport, Texas this morning after the National Weather Service in Houston reported a large area of ​​6 to 8 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts possible.

Flash flooding and heavy rain have been reported in and around the Houston area, with the potential for strong, gusty winds and isolated weak tornadoes.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has asked people to stay off the roads, but if you must travel, they advise giving yourself extra braking distance, slowing down, and making sure your headlights are on in rainy weather.

The office urged residents not to drive in high water, take extra precautions in tunnels and low-lying areas, and not to drive around barriers.

“If you encounter floodwater, do not wade into it, as there may be harmful debris, chemicals or animals in the water,” they said.

They also warned Texans to stay away from downed power lines and always assume they are still working.

The Houston OEM also advised that “six inches of fast-moving floodwater can topple an adult. It only takes 12 inches of rushing water to carry most cars, and only 2 feet of rushing water can carry SUVs and trucks. It is never safe to drive or walk through floodwater.”

The City of Houston is also asking citizens to stay off the road so rescuers can assist people in emergency situations.

“There will be inland flooding, and what we’ve found is that these inland freshwater floodings tend to be more deadly to our people than the actual storm,” Chief Met Officer Nim Kidd said at a news conference. “So please, please don’t drive through the water. Turn around. Don’t drown.”

Amelia NeathJuly 8, 2024 14:30

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Hurricane Beryl could be a “deadly storm” for those caught in its path, Texas officials say.

Tropical Storm Beryl — which is expected to make landfall in southeast Texas as a Category 1 hurricane — could be a “deadly storm” for anyone in its path, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said during a news conference Sunday.

“The good news is that the storm looks like it’s going to move quickly across the state,” Patrick said during the press conference. “There will be heavy rain, but the storm will move quickly.”

He also said 121 counties are now covered by disaster declarations, allowing Austin to use state funds to help prepare for and respond to the storm.

Greg GraziosiJuly 8, 2024 14:00

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