Landing in Mexico. Is Texas next?

Hurricane Beryl made landfall in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Friday morning after ripping through Jamaica and the Caribbean earlier this week, killing 11 people. South Texas and the Gulf Coast are now bracing for its arrival this weekend.

Beryl weakened to a Category 2 storm early Friday morning, according to Mexico's National Meteorological Service. It brought maximum sustained winds of 177 km/h as it raced toward the popular beach resort of Tulum, the National Hurricane Center warned Friday morning.

According to the center, “life-threatening” conditions, including hurricane-force winds, a dangerous storm surge and heavy rainfall, are expected when the hurricane makes landfall. People in the area are advised to seek shelter.

The hurricane could also trigger strong rip currents on beaches along the entire Gulf Coast, the center said.

Meteorologists warn that the storm is likely to move across South Texas this weekend.

“Today and Saturday will be the calm before the storm,” the National Weather Service in Corpus Cristi wrote in a warning on Friday.

The hurricane's impacts are expected to become more severe Friday night, including a high risk of backwash, the center said. Minor coastal flooding may occur through Saturday as some rain showers may develop ahead of the hurricane's arrival.

Residents of the region should make “preparation plans,” meteorologists said.

On Thursday evening, a hurricane warning was issued for the coast from Cancun to the port of Coast of Maya. The areas south of the port, including the city of Chetumal, were under both a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch.

More than 1,170 shelters have been set up across the Yucatan Peninsula in anticipation of the storm, according to a press release from the state government on Thursday. Cancun International Airport was closed on Thursday and will remain closed through Sunday.

Earlier this week, Beryl strengthened into the earliest Category 5 storm on record, causing widespread devastation as it moved across the Caribbean Sea.

The storm hit Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands, on Thursday. The day before, it struck Jamaica as a Category 4 hurricane, causing power outages, destroying buildings and forcing hundreds of people into shelters by Wednesday evening.

On Thursday, authorities updated the death toll from the storm to 11, but said more news of the fatalities was expected once communications were restored.