Hurricane Beryl remnants could drench N.J. with heavy rain, flooding this week (2024)

UPDATED FORECAST: Beryl remnants to pump rounds of thunderstorms into state. Latest forecast.

Hurricane Beryl made landfall in Texas as a Category 1 storm early Monday and is expected to weaken as it races north across the United States, bringing the potential for heavy rain and flooding to New Jersey starting on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

While the forecast track for Beryl’s remnants remains well west of New Jersey toward the Great Lakes, the potent storm could still unleash downpours and thunderstorms on the Garden State after three days of dangerous heat to start the week. More thunderstorms could hit the state Friday into Saturday, the weather service said.

“The big story with this period is the approach of Beryl, primarily Wednesday into Thursday, resulting in an increase in thunderstorm chances,” the weather service’s New Jersey office said Monday morning. “Another concern is the continued hot and humid conditions especially Tuesday, but possibly continuing through Thursday.”

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A heat advisory takes effect Monday for every New Jersey county except Cape May, with heat indexes — the combined effect of temperatures plus humidity — topping 100 degrees through much of the state.

The heat advisory starts at 8 a.m. for most counties and at 10 a.m. for Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties. The heat advisory continues until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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“Dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected today and Tuesday,” the weather service said. “The threat for excessive heat is likely (60%) to continue into Wednesday, but if clouds move in earlier, temperatures and heat index values may be lower than the current forecast.”

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Beryl will be considered a remnant low by the time the former hurricane’s effects will be felt in New Jersey. The weather service is calling for a 70% chance of thunderstorms Wednesday into Thursday. Northwestern counties are more likely to see the heaviest rain.

“Storms during this period will be capable of heavy rain leading to flash flooding,” the weather service said. “The highest risk is along and north of the Interstate 78 corridor.”

More thunderstorms are possible starting Friday and into Saturday from a separate front that is expected to stall near New Jersey. The location where the front stalls remains unclear, but it could cause “training storms capable of heavy downpours.”

High temperatures on Friday and Saturday are expected to be in the upper 80s.

“The chance for storms in this period is up to 60%,” the weather service said. “The primary hazard with this period is also heavy rain leading to flash flooding. Risk for heavy rain exists across most of the region in this period.”

More storms are possible on Sunday, though they are likely to be less widespread and more isolated, the weather service said.

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Hurricane Beryl update

Hurricane Beryl made landfall on the Texas coast near Matagorda early Monday with a dangerous storm surge and strong winds, the National Hurricane Center reported.

The storm’s center hit land as a Category 1 hurricane around 4 a.m. Central Standard Time about 85 miles southwest of Houston with top sustained winds of 80 mph while moving north at 12 mph.

Beryl strengthened and became a hurricane again late Sunday. The storm had weakened after leaving a path of deadly destruction through parts of Mexico and the Caribbean. In southern Texas, the storm’s outer bands lashed the coast with rain and intensifying winds Sunday as residents prepared for the storm’s arrival.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for the Texas coast from Mesquite Bay north to Port Bolivar, the center said.

Beryl is expected to weaken to a tropical storm Monday and a tropical depression Tuesday, the weather service said, forecasting a turn to the northeast and increase in speed Monday night and Tuesday.

The earliest storm to develop into a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic, Beryl caused at least 11 deaths as it passed through the Caribbean on its way to Texas. The storm ripped off doors, windows and roofs with devastating winds and storm surge fueled by the Atlantic’s record warmth.

Three times during its one week of life, Beryl has gained 35 mph in wind speed in 24 hours or less, the official weather service definition of rapid intensification.

Beryl’s explosive growth into an unprecedented early whopper of a storm indicates the hot water of the Atlantic and Caribbean and what the Atlantic hurricane belt can expect for the rest of the storm season, experts said.

The Associated Press and NJ Advance Media staff writer Len Melisurgo contributed to this report.

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