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Hurricane Beryl’s impact to reach as far as Michigan and Ohio despite heading towards Texas

Impact of Tropical Storm Beryl on Midwest States

Tropical Storm Beryl to Bring Rain and Wind to Midwest After Texas Landfall

As Tropical Storm Beryl heads towards Texas, residents in the Midwest should also prepare for the impacts of strong winds and heavy rainfall later in the week.

Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio are among the states that will feel the effects of Beryl as it moves north from Texas. Due to the current forecast cone, the storm is expected to weaken but maintain tropical depression strength as it makes its way through Arkansas to Michigan.

Unlike hurricanes, tropical depressions are characterized by maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less and are identified by numbers rather than names. The remnants of Beryl are forecasted to extend into Ohio and Michigan by the end of the workweek, bringing several inches of rain and significant concerns for flash flooding.

Forecasters are predicting heavy rainfall to spread from eastern Texas through central Illinois by midweek. The Weather Prediction Center has warned of potential rainfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches with local maximums reaching up to 8 inches over the Ozarks.

Beryl, which formed in the Atlantic Ocean on June 29 and became the season’s first hurricane, has already broken records and is expected to strengthen before making landfall in Texas. As the storm progresses northwards, residents in the Midwest should stay informed and prepare for potential weather impacts.

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