Meteorologists Admit They’re Concerned After Hurricane Beryl Strengthens on Its Way to the U.S.

By: Julia Mehalko | Published: Jul 05, 2024

Meteorologists have admitted they are increasingly concerned about Hurricane Beryl as it heads to the United States.

According to these weather experts, many signs have indicated that Beryl will yet again strengthen to a higher category hurricane, even though its strength has lessened recently.

The Earliest Category 5 Hurricane on Record

Beryl has already broken record after record. At first, officials stated that the hurricane became the earliest Category 4 hurricane on record.

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Hurricane Beryl seen on planet Earth from the ISS in space.

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Only days later, Beryl strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane — therefore making it the earliest hurricane of this intensity and strength ever seen.

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A Rapidly Intensifying Hurricane

Thanks to various factors such as warm ocean waters, Beryl has been able to rapidly intensify in only hours. When it quickly became a Category 4 hurricane last week, stunning meteorologists, it hit wind speeds of at least 130 miles per hour.

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Then, it quickly strengthened to a Category 5, and its winds hit at least 150 mph almost immediately. This fast-moving and strengthening storm has increasingly worried weather experts, especially now that it’s headed toward Texas and the U.S.

A Changing Hurricane

However, there are some positives to be seen, as analysts have noted that Beryl has lessened to a Category 3 after rising to these extremes.

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A close-up of the eye of Hurricane Beryl.

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When Beryl officially made landfall in the Windward Islands Monday morning, it had maximum winds of 150 miles per hour.

A Category 2 Hurricane

Now, Beryl is considered a Category 2 hurricane. Its wind speeds are around 110 mph and it has made landfall around Tulum, Mexico.

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While Beryl could stay at Category 2 — or even lessen to Category 1 — some analysts have already sounded the alarm about the potential for the hurricane to suddenly increase overnight yet again.

Signs of a Strengthening Hurricane

Many meteorologists have even claimed that they’re seeing signs that the hurricane is strengthening yet again. Avery Tomasco, a CBS Austin meteorologist, explained this data on X, formerly known as Twitter.

An aerial view from a satellite of Hurricane Beryl.

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“Welp… Beryl is strengthening once again. Hurricane Hunters sampling pressure that is dropping rather quickly. It will weaken over the Yucatán after landfall, but this unexpected strengthening means a stronger Beryl will move into the Gulf on Friday,” he posted.

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The Gulf of Mexico

According to Tomasco’s posts on X, the Gulf of Mexico could really change Beryl and help to make it stronger. If Beryl is stronger when it passes over the Gulf, the warm water there could help it reorganize and strengthen very quickly.

An aerial view of waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tomasco wrote on X, “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Never trust the Gulf of Mexico. Rapid intensification of Beryl on approach to Texas is not off the table.”

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A Crucial Time

Now that Beryl has made landfall in Tulum, Mexico, weather experts are waiting to see how the hurricane acts as it possibly reorganizes over the Gulf. Though the landfall will weaken the hurricane somewhat, its emergence in the Gulf could help it strengthen almost immediately.

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“Now, we wait… The next ~18 hours will be crucial to see how much Beryl weakens over land and how eager it is to reorganize over the gulf beginning Friday night,” Tomasco said on X.

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Forecasts So Far

Thus far, meteorologists have forecasted that Beryl will be, at the very least, a Category 1 storm when it hits the Texas coastline in the early hours of Monday morning.

A view of a hurricane on planet Earth seen from space.

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However, the next almost 24 hours could bring about differing forecasts, especially as weather experts see how Beryl acts while in the Gulf’s warm waters.

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Texas Impacts

Beryl is anticipated to impact various parts of Southern Texas at the beginning of next week.

A sun set seen on a beach in Brownsville, Texas.

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Impacted areas include Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, and Waco. Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has forecast that the storm’s force winds may arrive in Texas as early as Sunday.

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A Deadly Hurricane

Beryl has already become a deadly hurricane, as it has killed at least 9 people since it hit landfall this week.

Palm trees seen blowing in the wind in front of the ocean on a beach.

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Other deadly factors associated with this hurricane will be seen in Texas on Friday, as analysts are warning the public of the potentially dangerous rip currents that will be seen along the Texas coast.

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Warnings Are Already in Place

Officials throughout Texas have already sounded the alarm, putting tropical storm warnings in place.

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“There is an increasing risk of strong winds, storm surge, and heavy rainfall in portions of northeastern Mexico and southern Texas late this weekend,” the NHC said. “Interests in these areas should closely monitor the progress of Beryl and updates to the forecast. Hurricane and Tropical Storm Watches will likely be issued later today.”

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