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At a Glance

  • Beryl is still a tropical depression, but will merge with a front later today.
  • Heavy rain could trigger flooding, and a few tornadoes are possible the next couple of days.
  • Those threats will affect parts of the mid-Mississippi and Ohio valleys, Great Lakes and Northeast.

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Beryl will spread its inland flooding rainfall and tornado threats through parts of the Midwest and Northeast as we head through the middle portion of this week.

H​ere's the latest status on Beryl: The system is still classified as a tropical depression as of this morning and is centered in Arkansas. Beryl will merge with a frontal system later today and become a post-tropical cyclone, meaning it will have lost its tropical characteristics.

H​owever, its moisture and energy will give that frontal system a boost, helping it to produce heavy rainfall and tornadoes the next couple of days.

(RECAP: The Latest On Beryl's Impacts)

Rainfall in association with Beryl and the front is ongoing right now from Arkansas into the mid-Mississippi and lower Ohio valleys. Below is a look at the latest radar as well as any active watches and/or warnings.

Rainfall flooding is possible: There's an elevated threat of excessive rainfall spreading from the northern half of Arkansas to portions of the Northeast over the next few days. Flash flooding could occur in spots where too much rain falls too quickly.

Here's a general timeline of the heavy rain threat.

-T​uesday-Tuesday night: northern Arkansas into the middle-Mississippi and lower-Ohio valleys and southern Great Lakes.

-​Wednesday-Wednesday night: southern and eastern Great Lakes to the interior Northeast and northern New England.

-​Thursday: northern New England.

Flood watches have been posted by the National Weather Service along the path of Beryl's remnants from northern Arkansas to lower Michigan.

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R​ainfall totals in most areas should be 1 to 5 inches, though locally heavier amounts are possible. The forecast below shows how much additional rain to expect on top of what has already fallen.

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A t​ornado threat is expected: Beryl has already been a prolific tornado-producing tropical cyclone. There were at least 17 reports of tornadoes from eastern Texas to western Louisiana and southern Arkansas Sunday night through Monday.

O​n Tuesday, the tornado threat will shift north and east to the Ohio Valley, including from Paducah and Louisville, Kentucky, to Cincinnati, Ohio.

W​ednesday, the possibility of a few tornadoes spreads to the Northeast. Northern Pennsylvania and southern New York have the greatest chances for possible tornadoes.

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Recapping Beryl's Carribbean Journey

I​t began on Friday, June 28 when the National Hurricane Center began advisories on Tropical Depression Two just over 1,200 miles east of Barbados. Six hours later it became Tropical Storm Beryl.

The following afternoon it was already Hurricane Beryl. By Sunday, June 30, the first on record in the Atlantic Basin in June. That's a depression-to-Cat. 4 rapid intensification spurt in just 48 hours.

(​MORE: The Early-Season Records Beryl Shattered)

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After undergoing an eyewall replacement and passing between Barbados and Tobago, Beryl made landfall just after 11 a.m. EDT Monday, July 1 over the Grenadan island of Carriacou with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph. Among only two other Category 4 hurricanes in history near Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Beryl was the strongest by wind speed.

D​evastation was widespread on Carriacou Island, with vegetation largely stripped bare and numerous homes damaged or destroyed.

D​owned trees, flooded streets, power outages and storm surge flooding was reported in the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados and Tobago.

While its eyewall passed south of Barbados, a 69 mph gust was clocked early Monday at Grantley Adams International Airport, the island's major airport. Grenada clocked a wind gust up to 121 mph as the center of Beryl tracked just north of the island. A gust to 64 mph was reported on St. Lucia, as well.

J​ust 12 hours after its southern Windward Island landfall, Beryl became the record earliest Category 5 Atlantic Basin hurricane on the evening of July 1. The following day, its winds topped out at 165 mph, the strongest July hurricane by wind speed on record in the Atlantic Basin.

Beryl brushed the southern coast of Jamaica on Wednesday, bringing heavy rainfall and damaging winds. Winds gusted as high as 81 mph at Norman Manley International Airport on a peninsula south of the country's capital city, Kingston, Wednesday afternoon, damaging a section of roof. This was the strongest hurricane to strike Jamaica in almost 17 years, since Hurricane Dean in 2007.

A​s Beryl made its closest approach, winds gusted to 54 mph on Grand Cayman Island on July 4.

Beryl made landfall near Tulum, Mexico, early Friday morning with estimated winds of 110 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was the peninsula's strongest hurricane since Hurricane Delta in Oct. 2020.

W​ind gusts up to 81 mph were clocked just south of Playa del Carmen in the core of Beryl Friday morning. A gust to 48 mph was clocked on Isla Mujeres, just offshore of Cancún.

R​ecapping Beryl's Texas Landfall

Beryl's center crossed the coast at 4 a.m. CDT Monday near Matagorda, Texas. Its maximum sustained winds at landfall were 80 mph, making Beryl a Category 1 hurricane.

Winds gusted over 90 mph on the Texas coast. The strongest gusts were 97 mph near Freeport and 91 mph in San Bernard.

Houston saw wind gusts up to 84 mph at Hobby airport and 83 mph at Intercontinental airport, contributing to widespread power outages.

R​ainfall contributed to flash flooding in southeast Texas. The Houston metro area saw as much as 14.88 inches near Hilshire Village. Several other locations in Harris County picked up 10 or more inches of rain.

Moderate to major coastal flooding from storm surge was reported on parts of the middle and upper Texas coasts. Surfside Beach was among the locations that saw a significant inundation of seawater.

B​eryl also produced several tornadoes in eastern Texas, western Louisiana and southern Arkansas late Sunday through Monday. While the final tornado tally is unknown as of this writing, the number of warnings issued by the National Weather Service Shreveport, Louisiana, was a record for a single day at that office.


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