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Hurricane Beryl slams into Texas with '100mph winds' as danger to life warnings issued

Texas is bracing itself for wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour as Hurricane Beryl hits land.

The centre of the ferocious storm crossed the coast at 4am CDT near Matagorda, Texas.

Its maximum sustained winds at landfall were 80 mph, making Beryl a Category One hurricane.

A weather station in Freeport has recently reported a gust of 92 mph. However, the National Hurricane Center is warning that the wind could reach speeds of 100 mph.

Storm surge inundation hit 3.71 feet in Port O’Connor, and flooding was reported on Highway 341 near Sargent Beach.

The eye of the storm is tracking northward through southeast Texas with heavy rainfall and a threat of tornados.

The most likely area to experience strong winds is along the middle and upper Texas coast today, between Matagorda Bay and Galveston Bay.

The winds could cause power outages and knock down trees, including in the Houston metro.

Beryl is expected to weaken to a tropical storm, as its centre tracks inland over eastern Texas later Monday into Tuesday.

Its remnants will then merge with a front and spread toward the Mississippi and Ohio valleys, Great Lakes and Northeast through midweek, helping to enhance heavy rainfall in those areas.

Storm surge warnings have been issued from Mesquite Bay to Sabine Pass, including Matagorda Bay and Galveston Bay.

The public has been warned that the flooding could be life-threatening and they should take appropriate actions.

The hurricane has left a trail of devastation in the Caribbean, killing at least ten people.

St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Venezuela reported three deaths each, while one person died in Jamaica.

The storm destroyed almost every home on two small islands in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Mayreau and Union.

In Jamaica, some 400,000 people were left without electricity after the storm damaged power infrastructure.

The UN has unlocked $4m (£3.1m) from its emergency response fund to help the recovery in Jamaica, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.


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