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Beryl Updates from the National Hurricane Center

Multiple updates are posted below. Scroll down to see all of the watches and warnings, with details about affected locations and when they’ll impact them. 

Tornado Watch issued July 7 at 10:45PM CDT until July 8 at 10:00AM CDT by NWS Houston/Galveston TX

The National Weather Service has issued Tornado Watch 513 in effect until 10 AM CDT Monday for the following areas in Texas this watch includes 8 counties in southeast Texas: Brazoria Chambers Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery

This includes the cities of Alvin, Anahuac, Angleton, Bay City, Cleveland, Clute, Conroe, Dayton, Dickinson, First Colony, Freeport, Friendswood, Galveston, Houston, Lake Jackson,
League City, Liberty, Mission Bend, Missouri City, Mont Belvieu, Old River-Winfree, Palacios, Pearland, Pecan Grove, Rosenberg, Stowell, Sugar Land, Texas City, The Woodlands, and Winnie.

Flood Watch issued July 7 at 10:48PM CDT until July 9 at 7:00AM CDT by NWS Houston/Galveston TX

* WHAT…Flooding caused by excessive rainfall continues to be
possible.

* WHERE…Portions of south central and southeast Texas, including
the following areas, in south central Texas, Coastal Jackson and
Inland Jackson. In southeast Texas, Austin, Bolivar Peninsula,
Brazoria Islands, Brazos, Burleson, Chambers, Coastal Brazoria,
Coastal Galveston, Coastal Harris, Coastal Matagorda, Colorado,
Fort Bend, Galveston Island, Grimes, Houston, Inland Brazoria,
Inland Galveston, Inland Harris, Inland Matagorda, Madison,
Matagorda Islands, Montgomery, Northern Liberty, Polk, San
Jacinto, Southern Liberty, Trinity, Walker, Waller, Washington and
Wharton.

* WHEN…Through Tuesday morning.

* IMPACTS…Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers,
creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.
Creeks and streams may rise out of their banks. Flooding may occur
in poor drainage and urban areas.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…
– Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Beryl is expected
to pose a flash flooding threat for Southeast TX. 4 to 10
inches of total rainfall, with some locally higher amounts
possible, are expected. This may result in street flooding,
as well as rises along area rivers, creeks, streams, and
bayous.
– http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood
Instructions
You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood
Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared
to take action should flooding develop.

Tropical Storm Warning issued July 7 at 10:05PM CDT by NWS Houston/Galveston TX
* LOCATIONS AFFECTED
– Conroe
– Montgomery
– The Woodlands

* WIND
– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Strong Tropical Storm force
wind
– Peak Wind Forecast: 45-60 mph with gusts to 85 mph
– Window for Tropical Storm force winds: until Monday
afternoon

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 58
to 73 mph
– The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the
previous assessment.
– PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical
storm force.
– PREPARE: Last minute efforts to protect life and property
should now be complete. The area remains subject to
significant wind damage.
– ACT: Now is the time to shelter from dangerous wind.

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Unfolding
– Potential impacts from the main wind event are unfolding.

* FLOODING RAIN
– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flood Watch is in effect
– Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 3-6 inches, with locally
higher amounts

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for major
flooding rain
– The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from
the previous assessment.
– PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for
major flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are
likely.
– PREPARE: Strongly consider protective actions, especially
if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding.
– ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take
action will likely result in serious injury or loss of life.

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Extensive
– Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and
rescues.
– Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in
multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches
may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and
barriers may become stressed.
– Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple
communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or
washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover
escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of
moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions
become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some
weakened or washed out.

* TORNADO
– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
– Situation is favorable for tornadoes

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for several
tornadoes
– The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the
previous assessment.
– PLAN: Emergency plans should continue to include the
potential for several tornadoes.
– PREPARE: Stay within your shelter keeping informed of the
latest tornado situation.
– ACT: Move quickly to the safest place within your shelter
if a tornado warning is issued.

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant
– The occurrence of scattered tornadoes can hinder the
execution of emergency plans during tropical events.
– Several places may experience tornado damage with a few
spots of considerable damage, power loss, and
communications failures.
– Locations could realize roofs torn off frame houses, mobile
homes demolished, boxcars overturned, large trees snapped
or uprooted, vehicles tumbled, and small boats tossed
about. Dangerous projectiles can add to the toll.

* FOR MORE INFORMATION:
– Hurricane Preparedness: Federal Emergency Management Agency
http://ready.gov/hurricanes
– Local weather conditions and forecasts: NWS Houston/Galveston, TX
http://www.weather.gov/hgx/

Tropical Cyclone Statement issued July 7 at 10:19PM CDT by NWS Houston/Galveston TX
HLSHGX

This product covers Southeast Texas

**BERYL FORECAST TO MAKE LANDFALL AS A HURRICANE NEAR MATAGORDA BAY LATE TONIGHT**

NEW INFORMATION
—————

* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– The Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch have been upgraded to a Hurricane Warning for Galveston Island

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for Brazoria Islands, Coastal Brazoria, Coastal Jackson, Coastal Matagorda, Galveston Island, and Matagorda Islands
– A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Inland Brazoria, Inland Jackson, Inland Matagorda, and Wharton
– A Storm Surge Warning and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for Bolivar Peninsula, Chambers, Coastal Galveston, and Coastal Harris
– A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Colorado, Fort Bend, Grimes, Houston, Inland Galveston, Inland Harris, Madison, Montgomery, Northern Liberty, Polk, San Jacinto, Southern Liberty, Trinity, Walker, Waller, and Washington

* STORM INFORMATION:
– About 130 miles south-southwest of Galveston TX or about 70 miles south-southeast of Matagorda TX
– 27.6N 95.6W
– Storm Intensity 70 mph
– Movement North-northwest or 345 degrees at 10 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
——————

Tropical Storm Beryl has very nearly regained hurricane strength
within hours of landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast near Matagorda Bay.
Recent motion has been northerly, or just slightly east of due north,
and that track will continue through Monday as it crosses Southeast
Texas. Though the storm will weaken as it moves inland, it will
continue to bring gusty winds, periods of heavy rain, and potential
for brief tornadoes, particularly to areas east of the storm’s center.
The current forecast track brings the center of the storm just west of
the Houston metro tomorrow.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
—————–

* WIND:
Protect against life-threatening wind having possible extensive
impacts across the Matagorda Bay shoreline. Potential impacts in
this area include:
– Considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings, with some having
window, door, and garage door failures leading to structural
damage. Mobile homes severely damaged, with some destroyed.
Damage accentuated by airborne projectiles. Locations may be
uninhabitable for weeks.
– Many large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and
roadway signs blown over.
– Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
or heavily wooded places. Several bridges, causeways, and
access routes impassable.
– Large areas with power and communications outages.

Also, protect against dangerous wind having possible limited to
significant impacts across the rest of Southeast Texas.

* SURGE:
Protect against life-threatening surge having possible extensive
impacts across the Matagorda Bay shoreline. Potential impacts in
this area include:
– Large areas of deep inundation with storm surge flooding
accentuated by battering waves. Structural damage to buildings,
with several washing away. Damage compounded by floating
debris. Locations may be uninhabitable for an extended period.
– Large sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads
washed out or severely flooded. Flood control systems and
barriers may become stressed.
– Severe beach erosion with significant dune loss.
– Major damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. Many
small craft broken away from moorings, especially in
unprotected anchorages with some lifted onshore and stranded.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible
extensive impacts across Southeast Texas. Potential impacts include:
– Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues.
– Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in
multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may
become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may
become stressed.
– Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple
communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed
away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes.
Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with
underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous.
Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.

* TORNADOES:
Protect against a dangerous tornado event having possible significant
impacts across much of Southeast Texas. Potential impacts
include:
– The occurrence of scattered tornadoes can hinder the execution
of emergency plans during tropical events.
– Several places may experience tornado damage with a few spots
of considerable damage, power loss, and communications failures.
– Locations could realize roofs torn off frame houses, mobile
homes demolished, boxcars overturned, large trees snapped or
uprooted, vehicles tumbled, and small boats tossed about.
Dangerous projectiles can add to the toll.

Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts
across far inland Southeast Texas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
———————————-

* EVACUATIONS:
Follow the advice of local officials.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
It is important to remain calm, informed, and focused during an
emergency. Be patient and helpful with those you encounter.

If you are a visitor, be sure to know the name of the city or town in
which you are staying and the name of the county or parish in which
it resides. Listen for these locations in local news updates. Pay
attention for instructions from local authorities.

Storm surge is the leading killer associated with tropical storms and
hurricanes! Make sure you are in a safe area away from the surge
zone. Even if you are not in a surge-prone area, you could find
yourself cutoff by flood waters during and after the storm. Heed
evacuation orders issued by the local authorities.

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets
for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes
to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather
warnings.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
– For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
– For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
– For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
———–

The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Houston/Galveston TX around 4 AM CDT, or sooner if
conditions warrant.

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