At least 2 dead as Beryl pummels Texas with 90 mph gusts, leaving over 2.7 million without power (2024)

At least 2 dead as Beryl pummels Texas with 90 mph gusts, leaving over 2.7 million without power (1)

06:36

Beryl downgraded to tropical storm after making landfall as hurricane in Texas

Beryl continues to blast East Texas with winds over 80 mph after passing the Houston area. The storm was downgraded to a tropical storm hours after making landfall on Monday morning. FOX Weather's Katie Byrne reports from Galveston where Beryl's impacts are still being felt.

MATAGORDA, Texas – Hurricane Beryl crashed ashore along the central Texas coast early Monday morning, pummeling the area with 70-90 mph wind gusts that brought life-threatening storm surge, widespread damage, and knocking out power to well over 2.7 million people while leaving at least two dead.

Beryl was downgraded to a tropical storm late Monday morning as it moved inland, but the storm was still wreaking havoc along its journey further into Texas. The storm center passed just outside the Houston metro area, pummeling the nation's fourth-largest metro area with hours of wind gusts over 70-80 mph and dumping over 10 inches of rain, leading to flash flooding.

A Tornado Watch has been posted for parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma as the threat of tornadoes continues as Beryl moves inland. Multiple tornadoes have already been reported in East Texas, and forecasters expect more as the day continues.

At least 2 dead as Beryl pummels Texas with 90 mph gusts, leaving over 2.7 million without power (2)


Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, that a tree fell onto a home in the Kings River Village area, trapping a man under the debris.

Gonzalez said the man was reportedly sitting inside the home with his family riding out Beryl, which was a hurricane at the time when a large tree fell onto the home. His wife and children were unharmed.

A few hours later, Gonzalez said a second death was reported after a tree fell onto another home, killing the woman inside.

At least 2 dead as Beryl pummels Texas with 90 mph gusts, leaving over 2.7 million without power (3)

01:30

Hurricane Beryl causes significant damage in Clute, Texas

Hurricane Beryl caused significant damage in Clute, Texas, including downed power lines, overturned 18-wheelers, damaged homes and businesses, flooded roads and extensive tree damage when it made landfall near Matagorda.

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"Life-threatening storm surge inundation will continue through this afternoon along the coast of Sabine Pass, including the eastern portion of Matagorda Bay and Galveston Bay," the National Hurricane Center said. "Damaging wind gusts near the core of Beryl will continue to spread northward with the Topical Storm Warning area, including the Houston metro area, for the next several hours."

Beryl's peak sustained winds dropped from 80 mph at landfall to 70 mph while the storm swirled about 20 miles west-northwest of Houston as of the 10 a.m. CT update.

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04:20

Galveston being pounded by damaging winds, torrential rain from Hurricane Beryl

FOX Weather Correspondent Katie Byrne was in Galveston on Monday where high winds, torrential rain and flooding was being reported as Hurricane Beryl roared ashore as a Category 1 hurricane.

The cyclone’s powerful hurricane-force winds have been leading to skyrocketing power outages. Over 2.3 million electrical customers in Texas have lost power, according to PowerOutage.us, and the numbers continue to rise.

Gusts have hit 94 mph in Freeport, 86 mph in Matagorda City, 81 mph in Palacios and at an elevated station in Houston, 86 mph in Galveston, 84 mph at Houston Hobby Airport and 82 mph at Houston Intercontinental Airport.

Galveston recorded three straight hours of 70 mph wind gusts early Monday morning.

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Hurricane Beryl Top Wind Reports

(FOX Weather)

"I’m ready for Beryl to chill out," FOX Weather Meteorologist Britta Merwin said while sheltering with a FOX Weather crew in an SUV near Surfside Beach. "It’s insane how long we’ve been in these strong winds because we’re on the ‘dirty side’ and right side of the circulation. … We have not had a break. It’s been over an hour and half of winds that are gusting easily between 80 and 90 mph, and our car just continues to shake."

Numerous Hurricane Warnings, Storm Surge Warnings and Tropical Storm Warnings were posted ahead of the storm’s arrival along the Texas Gulf Coast. A threat of tornadoes also prompted a Tornado Watch for the region.

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    Hurricane Beryl strikes Roseneurg, Texas. (Roseburg (Texas) Police)

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    Hurricane Beryl strikes Roseburg, Texas (Roseburg (Texas) Police)

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    This image shows an RV on its side and debris in the road in Surfside City, Texas, after Hurricane Meryl made landfall on Monday, July 8, 2024. ()

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    Hurricane Beryl comes ashore along Galveston on July 8, 2024. ()

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    Hurricane Beryl comes ashore along Galveston on July 8, 2024. ()

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    This image shows a traffic light that was brought down from Hurricane Beryl’s powerful winds in Surfside City, Texas, on Monday, July 8, 2024. ()

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    Buffalo Bayou floods near Downtown Houston just after Hurricane Beryl made landfall on Monday, July 8, 2024 in Houston. (Raquel Natalicchio/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images) ()

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    Residents assess a fallen tree in their in their neighborhood after Hurricane Beryl swept through the area on July 08, 2024 in Houston, Texas. Tropical Storm Beryl developed into a Category 1 hurricane as it hit the Texas coast late last night. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images) ()

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    A vehicle is left abandoned in floodwater on a highway after Hurricane Beryl swept through the area on July 08, 2024 in Houston, Texas. Tropical Storm Beryl developed into a Category 1 hurricane as it hit the Texas coast late last night. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images) ()

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    Vehicles are left abandoned in floodwater on a highway after Hurricane Beryl swept through the area on July 08, 2024 in Houston, Texas. Tropical Storm Beryl developed into a Category 1 hurricane as it hit the Texas coast late last night. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images) ()

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    Debris blocks FM2031, the main access road, after Hurricane Beryl came ashore nearby Monday, July 8, 2024, in Matagorda. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images) ()

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    Firefighters check on a house in Rosenberg, Texas, on July 8, 2024. Hurricane Beryl made landfall Monday in the southern US state of Texas, where some residents were evacuated over warnings of flooding and power outages. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP /AFP via Getty Images) ()

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    A destroyed trailer sits near beach homes after Hurricane Beryl came ashore nearby Monday, July 8, 2024, in Matagorda. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images) ()

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    Damage to a home in Spring, Texas on July 8, 2024 from Hurricane Beryl. (Spring Fire Department)

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    Brent Meads films himself as he stands in the heavy wind and rain from Hurricane Beryl on Monday, July 8, 2024, in Bay City. Meads said he came from Las Vegas to experience a hurricane for the first time. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images) ()

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    A group of people hide behind a car to shield themselves from wind and rain from Hurricane Beryl as they film videos for social media Monday, July 8, 2024, in Bay City. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images) ()

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Storm surge was forecast to reach 3-7 feet in some spots near Beryl, and water was already pushing into the Texas coast and bays along Beryl's approach. Measurements at Morgan's Point along the shores of Upper Galveston Bay reached 5.4 feet above the mean high water level, which is now the third-highest surge on record at that location. It's also the highest storm surge since it reached 7.78 feet during Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Readings earlier in the morning reached 3.2 feet in Sargent and 2.6 feet in Matagorda Bay, but those gauges have since ceased reporting, possibly due to power outages.

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01:20

Watch: Storm surge flooding forces FOX Weather crew to seek higher ground

The Surfside Beach Fire Department escorts FOX Weather to safety after storm surge flooding from Hurricane Beryl begins to rush inland on Monday, July 8, 2024.

"That (storm) surge is just pouring into Treasure Island," said FOX Weather Storm Tracker Mark Sudduth. "You could literally see it pouring in like a raging river right now."

The ferocious gusts are blasting torrential rainfall, falling at rates of 2-4 inches an hour.

"It feels like the entire backs of my legs are on fire because it stings," Merwin said as she reported live from Surfside Beach, Texas early Monday morning. "The raindrops almost turn into a needle head. Almost like, as if you were getting a tattoo. Like, it's that kind of feel of that persistent needle pressure against your skin."

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00:25

Traffic light falls during Hurricane Beryl winds in Surfside Beach, Texas

The force of Hurricane Beryl was seen in Surfside Beach, Texas, early Monday morningas the storm unleashed powerful winds and torrents of heavy rain in the area.

The National Weather Service in Houston reports flash flooding is ongoing in parts of the Houston Metro area as 3-6 inches of rain have already fallen as of early Monday morning with at least another 2-4 additional inches possible. Flash Flood Warnings cover millions around the Houston and Galveston metro areas.

Beryl's center passing just outside Houston

Hurricane-force winds over 74 mph are likely to continue near the storm's center for the next few hours as the storm passes right near the Houston metro area. Wind will gradually subside as Beryl moves away in the afternoon.

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Houston's METRO has suspended all local buses and METRORail services until further notice as Beryl moves through East Texas.

Much of East Texas could see 5–10 inches of rain, with localized amounts up to 15 inches by the time Beryl moves out.

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Gulf Coast Rain Forecast

(FOX Weather)

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service office in Corpus Christi, Texas, said any of the outer rain bands could also produce tropical storm-force gusts and even spin up an isolated tornado.

As Beryl continues northward, it’ll bring rain and strong winds as far north as Michigan by the end of the workweek.

Beryl’s current forecast cone shows the storm will weaken as it moves north but maintains tropical depression strength fromArkansasthrough Michigan throughout the week. Atropical depressionis a cyclone with maximum sustainedwindsof 38 mph or less. Unlike tropical storms andhurricanes, tropical depressions are identified by numbers rather than names.

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Tropical Storm Beryl forecast cone.

(FOX Weather)

The Weather Prediction Center outlined an area from Arkansas through central Illinois that could see flash flooding Tuesday into Wednesday.

Beryl’s destructive past

Beryl's third landfall in Texas culminates a 10-day trek that began on June 29 in the Atlantic and spanned much of the Caribbean Sea, first smashing into the Windward Islands as a Category 4 hurricane.

It then swiped at Jamaica and the Cayman Islands as it crossed the Caribbean Sea and made a second landfall on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula as a strong Category 2 hurricane.

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06:03

Jamaica left reeling after Hurricane Beryl swipes the southern end of the island with damaging winds, storm surge

FOX Weather Correspondent Robert Ray shows us the destruction left behind along the southern shores of Jamaica after Hurricane Beryl swept by just offshore as a Category 3 storm.

The storm left at least 10 people dead as it made its journey across the Caribbean.

Texas was Beryl’s third and final landfall before the storm is forecast to deteriorate as it moves northward through the U.S.

At least 2 dead as Beryl pummels Texas with 90 mph gusts, leaving over 2.7 million without power (2024)

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