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Storm Beryl heads toward Texas, could regain hurricane strength

Tropical Storm Beryl was heading northwest over the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday (7) and was expected to strengthen back into a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall in Texas later in the evening.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued hurricane warnings for much of the Texas coast, and Corpus Christi closed its port ahead of high winds expected to hit the area. Parts of East Texas were under a flash flood warning ahead of the storm, which had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (96 km/h) early Sunday.

Earlier this week, the storm, which at one point strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane, left a deadly trail of destruction across the Caribbean. It swept through Jamaica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and also unleashed heavy rains on northern Venezuela.

So far, 11 people have died. Buildings have been collapsed and energy infrastructure damaged.

Beryl last made landfall on Friday, crossing Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and causing power outages in some areas. However, it largely spared major beach destinations and caused no casualties. Video showed Cancun’s international airport packed with tourists on Saturday (6) as they rebooked their flights home after the storm.

As the storm approaches Texas, the National Weather Service warned of storm surges causing coastal flooding and rip currents.

Source: CNN Brasil

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