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Hurricane Beryl Strikes Texas Coast, Prompting Statewide Emergency

Hurricane Beryl made landfall on the central Texas coast early this morning, unleashing powerful winds and threatening widespread devastation across the state. Classified as a Category 1 hurricane, Beryl hit Matagorda, Texas, at approximately 4 a.m. local time, bringing winds exceeding 74 miles per hour. The impact zone lies between Galveston and Corpus Christi, areas […]

Hurricane Beryl Leaves 12 Dead: Houston Among The Hardest Hit
Hurricane Beryl Leaves 12 Dead: Houston Among The Hardest Hit

Hurricane Beryl made landfall on the central Texas coast early this morning, unleashing powerful winds and threatening widespread devastation across the state. Classified as a Category 1 hurricane, Beryl hit Matagorda, Texas, at approximately 4 a.m. local time, bringing winds exceeding 74 miles per hour. The impact zone lies between Galveston and Corpus Christi, areas now bracing for destructive storm surges and potentially up to 15 inches of rainfall, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Initially reaching Category 5 status in the Caribbean last week, Beryl weakened as it crossed the Yucatan Peninsula but regained strength over the Gulf of Mexico, fueled by unusually warm waters. As it approaches Texas, the storm has prompted a state of emergency declaration for 121 counties, mobilizing the National Guard and emergency response teams statewide.

Authorities emphasize the urgency of evacuation measures, citing Beryl’s deadly history in the Caribbean, where it claimed at least 11 lives before intensifying over the Gulf. Forecasters warn that hurricane-force winds could generate up to seven feet (2.1 meters) of storm surge along parts of the coast, further exacerbating the risk to coastal communities.

In response to the imminent threat, Exxon Mobil Corp. has adjusted operations, and Freeport LNG has suspended liquefaction activities until the storm passes safely. The state’s disaster declaration underscores the severity of the situation, with preparations focused on safeguarding residents and mitigating potential damage.

Climate scientists note that Beryl’s rapid intensification and unpredictable path are consistent with trends attributed to climate change, raising concerns about the severity of future storms this hurricane season. With Beryl now impacting Texas, residents and authorities alike are urged to remain vigilant and prioritize safety measures in the face of this evolving natural disaster.

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