Beryl Stronger – Landfall in Texas likely with impacts in Louisiana

On June 25, tropical observers in Louisiana first noticed that the National Hurricane Center was paying special attention to an area of ​​severe weather in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. By June 28, this area of ​​severe weather had developed into a named tropical cyclone. The storm is called Hurricane Beryl, and it has given meteorologists much to think about in its short existence.

Hurricane Beryle making landfall

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The National Hurricane Center is currently monitoring Beryl's approach to the Riviera Maya on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The storm is expected to make landfall in Mexico later this morning. Beryl is currently a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale, so damage in Yucatan will likely be significant, not only from strong winds, but also heavy rains and a powerful storm surge along the coast.

As you can see from the forecast models (see the updated models here), Beryl will cross the Yucatan Peninsula and enter the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. From there, the storm should move west-northwest and reach the western Gulf Coast sometime on Monday. Below is the official forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

As you can see, it's basically consistent with the spaghetti models depicted earlier in this article. The intensity forecast suggests that Beryl will make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in extreme northern Mexico or extreme southern Texas. However, the storm's impacts will not be limited to the Rio Grande Valley.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center expect moisture from Beryl to move north along the Texas coast and into southwest Louisiana late this weekend and early next week, increasing rain chances and precipitation forecasts. Some scenarios call for several inches of rain for parts of Louisiana before Beryl dissipates or moves out of the area.

The presence of a tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico will also increase wave action along the Louisiana coast. An increased occurrence of rip currents is also expected over the next few days. Some coastal flood warnings may also be issued.

In short, Beryl will bring rain to southeast Texas and southern Louisiana over the next few days. We recommend that you keep an eye on the weather until the threat of life-threatening conditions has passed.

Shocking images of the aftermath of Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida was one of the strongest and longest-lasting hurricanes to hit the Louisiana coast in history. Because of the storm surge, Ida essentially fed on warm, moist air and maintained its status as a major hurricane for nearly half a day. This allowed the storm to cause catastrophic damage over a longer distance and much further inland than other storms. Here are just a few of the many images showing just how powerful the storm was.

Gallery credit: Michael Dot Scott