Beryl downgraded to tropical storm after landfall

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Hurricane Beryl made landfall on Texas' Gulf coast early Monday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

At 5 a.m., the hurricane's center was said to have made landfall as a category one hurricane near Matagorda, Texas — which is about 85 miles west south-southwest of Houston.

Later Monday morning, Beryl was downgraded to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph as it moved north-northeast at 13 mph.

"After landfall, Beryl continues to track north, and storm surge conditions continue along the Texas coastline," Max Defender 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said. "The onshore wind helps push water from the Gulf of Mexico farther inland and increasing the threat for flooding."

The following areas are under a storm surge warning:

Port O'Connor to Sabine Pass, including Matagorda Bay and Galveston Bay

The following areas are under a tropical storm warning warning:

The Texas coast north of Port Bolivar to Sabine Pass

Beryl is expected to make a turn to the northeast Monday night as it gains speed. The NHC said it will head over east Texas into the Lower Mississippi Valley and the Ohio Valley over the next two days.

Hurricane Beryl at landfall (WFLA)

The tropical storm will lose strength as it moves inland, weakening to a tropical depression by Tuesday.

Rainfall totals are expected to be five to 10 inches with local totals possibly reaching 15 inches of rain.

However, as the system moves inland, the rain totals are expected to decrease, with the NHC forecasting three to five inches of rain for Oklahoma, Arkansas, and southern Missouri Monday night and Tuesday.

Forecasters also said Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas may see some tornadoes Monday.

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