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Hurricane Beryl path and weather forecast as storm makes landfall in Texas

Hurricane Beryl made landfall in Texas on Monday, the US National Hurricane Centre said, after cutting a path of destruction through the Caribbean and Mexico.

The storm left devastation in its wake across the region as it ranged between a category two and five hurricane, wiping out buildings and reportedly killing around 10 people.

Various inland and Gulf Coast sections of Texas were under either hurricane or tropical storm watch warnings as of Monday morning, including Houston, with Beryl next expected to veer north and then north-east across the mainland US.

The National Hurricane Center warned that the hurricane presented a life-threatening situation with the possibility of dangerous storm surges, flash flooding and high winds.

Here’s everything we know about Hurricane Beryl’s path, including maps and live trackers, as well as the weather forecast and how Texas has been preparing for the storm.

What is Hurricane Beryl’s path?

Hurricane Beryl is currently projected to angle north to north-east through more of eastern Texas before arcing more strongly to the north-east across the mainland US during the week ahead.

Its most likely path at the moment will next take the storm in a south-west to north-east direction through Arkansas, veering into south-east Missouri and then cutting across Indiana and north-west Ohio.

In forming just as June turned to July, Hurricane Beryl became the earliest category five hurricane ever recorded.

It struck Texas as a category one hurricane, after warm air in the Gulf of Mexico meant Beryl was strengthened and upgraded from the tropical storm it had become after moving across the Caribbean.

Beryl had previously dropped from a category five hurricane – directly after hitting the likes of Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines in the south-east Caribbean – to a category four by Jamaica, a category three when it reached the Cayman Islands and a category two as it approached Tulum in Mexico.

The WWLTV YouTube channel has a live stream charting Beryl’s future path in various ways, a screenshot of which – showing models for the storm’s projected path over the course of the week – is shown below.

Projected path of Hurricane Beryl by Sunday 14 July, as of Monday morning in Texas (Photo: YouTube/@wwltv)

Another detailed live tracker of Beryl’s current position, storm classification and path, including where it has come from, can be found on the website Zoom Earth.

How has Texas prepared for the hurricane?

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) reportedly deployed 2,500 emergency workers and 1,200 vehicles and machinery ahead of Hurricane Beryl’s arrival.

Its effort included the Texas National Guard (which has a Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters), Texas Highway Patrol troopers (who have helicopters with hoist capabilities), the Texas A&M Forest Service, “swiftwater” boat squads, a public works response team and more from several other departments, NBC News reported.

More than 100 staff from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were also said to be on hand, armed with generators, 500,000 ready meals, 800,000 litres of water, 20,000 tarps and 2,500 rolls of plastic.

State disaster declarations had been made in about half (121) of Texas counties while more than 300,000 energy customers were without power by Monday morning.

Residents boarded up windows, stacked sandbags in front of doors and took down hanging signs outside of businesses, while windsurfers making the most of the swells hitting the shores of Galveston Island in Texas yesterday were told to evacuate the area by lifeguards.

Shutters and plywood line windows and doors as residents prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Beryl in Matagorda, Texas, U.S., July 7, 2024. REUTERS/Kaylee Greenlee Beal
Shutters and plywood line windows and doors as residents prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Beryl in Matagorda, Texas (Photo: Kaylee Greenlee Beal/Reuters)
Richard Alcazar stacks sandbags in front of the door at Atmosphere The Salon & Beyond in Galveston, Texas, Sunday, July 7, 2024, as Tropical Storm Beryl heads toward the Texas coast. Alcazar, a barber at the salon, prepared the doors for any possible flooding from the storm. ( Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)
Richard Alcazar stacks sandbags in front of the door at Atmosphere The Salon and Beyond in Galveston, Texas on Sunday (Photo: Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)
Blake Charanza and Shawn Trent wrap plastic around a fuel pump to protect it from wind and rain due to Hurricane Beryl at Buc-ee's, in Freeport, Texas, U.S., July 8, 2024. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Blake Charanza and Shawn Trent wrap plastic around a fuel pump to protect it from wind and rain due to Hurricane Beryl at Buc-ee’s, in Freeport, Texas (Photo: Adrees Latif/Reuters)
A tilted sign is seen in the foreground as swells from Hurricane Beryl approach Surfside Beach, Texas, U.S., July 7, 2024. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
A tilted beach sign is seen as swells from Hurricane Beryl approach Surfside Beach, Texas, on Sunday (Photo: Adrees Latif/Reuters)

In a press conference on Sunday, acting state governor Dan Patrick said: “Beryl is a resilient storm, and it poses a serious threat for Texans in its path at landfall and the following 24 hours as it moves through Texas.”

What is the forecast for the rest of the week?

Amid the stormy conditions, cloudiness is the general theme for the weather in Texas this week, according to the Weather Channel.

Tropical storm and hurricane conditions will continue throughout the day on Monday, with rain reportedly a certainty, but the worst of it should ease by the evening and leave partly cloudy skies with some chance of rain.

Conditions are then expected to vary between cloudy and more showers between Tuesday and Thursday, with some morning thunderstorms expected on Friday and Saturday before a return to partly cloudy skies on Sunday.

As of Monday morning it was 86°F (30°C) – the lowest daytime high expected this week – with humidity at 86 per cent.

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