Tropical Storm Beryl Approaches Texas: News

Tropical Storm Beryl is heading toward Texas on Sunday, where it could be upgraded to a hurricane before making landfall Monday morning, according to U.S. authorities.

Several coastal communities, such as the city of Galveston south of the Houston metropolitan area, have issued voluntary evacuation orders.

Videos posted on social media showed lines of cars leaving the city on Sunday afternoon.

“This is going to be a deadly storm for people in its direct path,” acting Texas Gov. Dan Patrick warned Sunday. “The good news is that it looks like the storm will move quickly across the state … at least according to current projections,” he told reporters.

The White House said Sunday it was monitoring the situation.

Storm Beryl left at least seven dead in its path across the Caribbean and Venezuela at the height of its power.

“Continued strengthening is expected and Beryl is expected to become a hurricane again later today,” the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Sunday.

Up to 15 inches (380 mm) of rain is expected in parts of Texas, according to the center, which raised the risk of flash flooding.

The first hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from early June to late November, Beryl is unusually powerful and early. Scientists say climate change, by warming ocean waters, makes it more likely that storms will intensify rapidly and increases the risk of hurricanes.

published on July 7 at 9:11 p.m., AFP




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