Latest Updates: Tropical Storm Beryl Expected to Bring Winds and Rain to Mexico and Texas


Texas was bracing for Tropical Storm Beryl as it emerged in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday evening and a hurricane watch was issued for the state’s southern coast.

Hours earlier, the storm made landfall in Mexico as a Category 2 hurricane. Damaging winds and storm surge battered the Mexican coast, leaving snapped trees and power outages in its wake. Beryl, which then weakened to a tropical storm, was expected restrengthen this weekend as it moves over the gulf toward Texas.

In the past week, the storm flattened islands and killed nine people in Grenada and Jamaica.

Forecasters were predicting that Mexico would be hit twice by the hurricane. It crossed the Yucatán Peninsula on Friday, and then, after traversing the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend, it was expected to reach the coast of the northern state of Tamaulipas, where a hurricane watch was in effect.

Officials in Texas were already preparing for the storm’s possible landfall on Monday morning as a hurricane watch was issued for the state’s southern coast on Friday afternoon.

Dan Patrick, the lieutenant governor of Texas, who is serving as acting governor while Gov. Greg Abbott travels out of the country, issued a disaster declaration for 40 counties expected to experience impacts from the storm. The declaration enables state resources to assist in local preparation and recovery efforts.

Mr. Patrick said that emergency response teams were paying close attention to areas at greater risk, starting from Brownsville, Texas all the way to the Louisiana border.

“Everyone along the coast should be paying attention to this storm,” Mr. Patrick said. Likely flooding and storm surge remained major concerns, state officials said.

In Mexico, no injuries or deaths had been reported as of Friday evening, Laura Velázquez Alzúa, Mexico’s coordinator of civil protection, said at a news conference. More than 2,100 people who took refuge in shelters were already returning to their homes. No major flooding was reported, she said, though crews in Quintana Roo were working to restore power outages affecting 20 percent of the population.

“Normality is being reestablished,” Ms. Velázquez Alzúa said. “The damages are minor.”

In Tulum, a resort town, the storm’s impacts were being felt unevenly. Some tourists strolled along the roads to observe the damage, mostly downed trees and utility poles.

Nearby, some 300 low-income residents lined up at a mobile kitchen set up by the Mexican army.

“I didn’t buy any groceries or anything,” said María Cruz de la Cruz, 39, referring to her lack of preparation for Beryl. “There is no money to buy things.”

Early Friday, Mexico’s meteorological agency said the storm had dumped between six and 10 inches of rain in Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatán. It reported wind gusts as high 135 m.p.h. and a storm surge of more than 10 feet along the coasts of Quintana Roo and Yucatán.

Earlier this week, at least nine people were killed as the storm lashed parts of Grenada, then Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Beryl made landfall on Monday in Grenada, where officials said about 98 percent of the buildings on Carriacou and Petite Martinique, home to 9,000 to 10,000 people in total, had been damaged or destroyed, including Carriacou’s main health facility.

“We have to rebuild from the ground up,” said Dickon Mitchell, the prime minister of Grenada.

Aid was just starting to arrive by boat on Carriacou on Friday, after rough seas and destroyed roads complicated response efforts.

The storm then churned along toward Jamaica, where on Wednesday, heavy rain and destructive winds left their mark. Beryl was the strongest storm to approach the island in over a decade. Over half of the customers of the country’s main power provider, remained without electricity on Friday, the company said.

The storm also ripped away a section of the jet bridge roof of Jamaica’s main airport.

Residents in the Cayman Islands were largely breathing a sigh of relief after Hurricane Beryl passed by at Category 3 strength on Thursday morning without making landfall. There were no reports of significant damage, injuries or fatalities.

Forecasters have warned that the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season could be much more active than usual.

In late May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted 17 to 25 named storms this year, an “above-normal” number and a prediction in line with more than a dozen forecasts earlier in the year from experts at universities, private companies and government agencies. Hurricane seasons produce 14 named storms, on average.

Johnny Diaz, John Yoon, John Keefe, Mike Ives, Kenton X. Chance, Jovan Johnson, Emiliano Rodríguez Mega, Daphne Ewing-Chow, Aimee Ortiz, Derrick Bryson Taylor, Julius Gittens, Remy Tumin, Jesus Jiménez, Orlando Mayorquín, Sharefil Gaillard, Derek M. Norman, Christine Hauser, Linda Straker, Yan Zhuang, Ricardo Hernández Ruiz and Claire Moses contributed reporting.

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