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Beryl Weakens to Tropical Storm, 2.1 Million Still Without Power

Hurricane Beryl made landfall as a Category One storm near Matagorda with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles an hour. It is now a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of just 60mph. More than 2.1 million Centerpoint customers are without power. You can follow the CenterPoint numbers HERE..

From our partners at Channel 2:

 Movement and speed: The latest advisory shows Hurricane Beryl is moving north-northeast at around 13 miles per hour. This suggests the storm will be out of the area within the next two hours.

The aftermath:  Significant widespread damage throughout the region. Houston Metro has experienced significant rainfall, with areas receiving between 6 to 10 inches. Some spots may have received closer to a foot of rain. 2-million plus without power.

Flash Flood Warnings: Many flash flood warnings have been replaced by aerial flood advisories, especially on the north side. Flash flood warnings remain in place for Bush Intercontinental and Montgomery County until 1 p.m. Most of Harris County is under a flash flood warning until 1:00 p.m. as well, likely to be extended. Specific areas of concern include Buffalo Bayou, White Oak, Brays Bayou, and Oyster Creek.

Flooding: Buffalo Bayou near Milam and other bayous have risen significantly, causing concerns about flooding. White Oak Bayou is close to its banks.

Creek and bayou status: Significant concerns about the elevated levels of creeks and bayous, including Bear Creek and Greens Bayou in Spring, which are swollen. White Oak Bayou at Heights Boulevard is reported to be over seven feet above its banks.

Wave heights and wind speeds: Significant wave height improvements have been seen in Galveston, with current wave heights between 8 and 10 feet. Wind speeds continue to be a concern with gusts of 25-30 miles per hour and some areas experiencing gusts up to 40-50 miles per hour.

Potential dam failure: There were concerns about the Lake Livingston Dam, but it appears the storm is moving through quickly enough to avoid major issues. The Corps of Engineers is monitoring the situation.

Continued monitoring: The focus remains on monitoring the bayous and creeks as additional light rain moves in. Any additional rainfall, even if light, could exacerbate the already swollen water bodies.

  • Most of the KTRH listening area (Colorado, Austin, Waller, Harris, Chambers, Fort Bend, and Wharton Counties) are under a Tropical Storm Warning.
  • A hurricane warning is in effect for Jackson, Matagorda, and coastal Brazoria counties.
  • A complete list of closures is HERE.
  • METRO is suspending service on Monday.
  • There are more than 120 Texas counties under Acting Governor Dan Patrick’s disaster declaration.

Keep checking in with KTRH to get the latest on Beryl, and where the system is headed.

So far we have two confirmed fatalities as a result of the storm. Both where results of trees falling through the roofs of homes, killing residents. One incident occurred in Atascocita, and the other in the 17400 block of Rustic Canyon Trail in the Ponderosa Forest neighborhood in north Harris County.

Mattress Mack took to Instagram to announce that Gallery Furniture's flagship location on I-45 North Freeway is open now as a shelter. Mack says there is hot coffee and plenty of food available to those trying to get out of the storm.

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