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Female nurses vow to keep fighting over hospital trans policy, speak out for first time

A group of nurses in the United Kingdom who filed a lawsuit against a National Health Service hospital trust over its transgender employee policy are speaking out publicly for the first time to demand the NHS protect female staff.

“I think to go public was just to try and gain some attention really from the government to try and look at the policies around this because there’s nothing in place at the minute to protect women. It’s literally a self-made situation where any person can just [identify] as a woman and go in,” Darlington Memorial nurse Lisa Lockey told Fox News Digital

“It’s been ongoing for a long time. We’ve been ignored,” she continued. “And it’s kind of been — swept aside, I think, in the hope that we were going to just forget about it and shut up.” 

The group of nurses, who shared their story with the media anonymously in May, filed a suit against the County Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital Trust that month. In the suit, they allege they have been harassed by the biological male colleague who often walks around the female changing room undressed and stares at and initiates conversations with colleagues as they are dressing.

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County Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital Trust allows employees to use changing rooms or restrooms that align with their gender identity, the suit claims. The nurses say this has led to several uncomfortable encounters with this individual.

One of the nurses in the suit who had been sexually assaulted as a child described how on one occasion, she was allegedly approached by the transgender colleague while alone in the dressing room and was repeatedly asked to undress while the colleague was only wearing boxer shorts with genitalia visible.

Lockey said a Muslim colleague had also been terrified to encounter the biological male colleague in the changing area while she was half-dressed.

“She knew nothing about this situation going on. Nobody told any of us. And, so she stood there in a bra and she hears this man’s voice, and she said she couldn’t move. She was actually just frozen in panic, holding her hands across her chest and didn’t know what to do. She was just so horrified. And I felt really, really upset about that because, you know, these girls, you know, they’ve come across to help, you know, to work [here] and I just thought that was really, really wrong,” she continued.

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The trans worker also wears men’s clothes, has facial hair and has told colleagues about trying to get a female girlfriend pregnant, the suit claims.

After raising concerns about having to get undressed around the colleague to management last year, over two dozen female nurses at Darlington Memorial Hospital signed a letter to the hospital system in April, saying they were uncomfortable over the issue. 

Shortly afterward, the suit alleges the head of HR lectured a manager that the female nurses needed to be more “inclusive” and to get “educated” on the issue.

Darlington Memorial nurse Bethany Hutchison, who also spoke with Fox News Digital, called HR’s reaction to their concerns “absolutely insulting.”

She said the policies have left female colleagues fearful and having to find alternative places to change their clothes, which they are required to do at least once per shift.

“I think people are so terrified. I mean, a lot of the Muslim colleagues work in theaters [operating rooms], and people have expressed that they’ve been silenced. People have been brought in for disciplinaries, if they’ve mentioned anything about the changing room situation. So they are threatened. And it’s really governed by fear in theaters particularly,” she said.

The eight nurses in the suit say the hospital has prioritized the single transgender employee over the female staff. They are suing the NHS trust on the basis of sexual harassment and sex discrimination.

Since they’ve come out publicly, Lockey and Hutchison say they’ve been “overwhelmed” with letters and notes of support. “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling even posted about their story under her X account.

“We’re thrilled,” Lockey said, while holding up a stack of cards they received in the mail. Both nurses said they’ve been touched by these messages because, in their workplace, they’ve been made to feel like “bigots” and “bullies” for standing up for their rights.

“All we want to do is just defend our right to a female-only space. We don’t want to attack trans people. We know that there’s a lot of really good trans people out there that wouldn’t mean any harm to anybody,” Lockey continued.

“And ultimately, we want the policy changed. It’s about policy change and safety,” Hutchison added.

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The County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said the following in a press release:

“As a Trust, we are committed to providing safe and compassionate, inclusive and respectful care for our patients and visitors as well as an inclusive and respectful work environment for all colleagues. We would like to assure our patients and communities that the well-being and support of all colleagues involved in this, is of the utmost importance to us. At this stage the claims being made need to be fully investigated and reviewed. This work continues through our internal processes. Alternative arrangements and adjustments have been put in place.”

“We recognize that this is a hugely sensitive issue and as well as taking into consideration the feedback and concerns raised, we need to adhere to legal requirements and best practices. We are committed to working together with all parties to find a constructive solution that respects the rights and dignity of all individuals while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and fairness. As this is now an active legal case, we hope you can understand that it is not appropriate for the Trust to share further detail at this stage.”

‘Visionary’ Oscar-winning producer of ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avatar’ dead at 63

Jon Landau, an Oscar-winning producer of “Titanic,” “Avatar” and its sequel “The Way of Water,” has died. He was 63 years old. 

Landau’s death was confirmed by Disney Entertainment co-chairman Alan Bergman, who called him a “visionary.”

“Jon was a visionary whose extraordinary talent and passion brought some of the most unforgettable stories to life on the big screen,” Bergman said of Landau. His remarkable contributions to the film industry have left an indelible mark, and he will be profoundly missed. He was an iconic and successful producer yet an even better person and a true force of nature who inspired all around him.” 

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Landau started his career in Hollywood in the 1980s, first working as a production manager, then as a co-producer on classics like 1989’s “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and 1990’s “Dick Tracy.”

He eventually became a close collaborator with “Titanic” and “Avatar” director James Cameron, joining his Lightstorm Entertainment production company as an executive. 

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“I can’t act and I can’t compose and I can’t do visual effects, so I guess that’s why I’m producing,” Landau joked alongside Cameron during their acceptance speech when “Titanic” won best picture in 1998. 

During “The Way of Water”‘s post-production in 2022, Landau told The Associated Press that despite the ways in which people consume movies changing, the reason we watch is the same. 

“One of the things that has not changed is: Why do people turn to entertainment today? Just like they did when the first ‘Avatar’ was released, they do it to escape, to escape the world in which we live,” he said. 

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Landau also oversaw 1990s hits like “Home Alone,” “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and Cameron’s “True Lies,” after he was named an executive vice president of feature movies at 20th Century Fox when he was just 29 years old. 

Landau was born in July 1960 and graduated from the University of Southern California’s film school. He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Julie; their sons, Jamie and Jodie; and two sisters and a brother.

LeBron James’ son has nightmarish NBA Summer League debut

Bronny James got the start in his first Summer League game, but that was just about the lone bright spot.

The son of the NBA all-time leading scorer LeBron James was taken by his father’s Los Angeles Lakers in last week’s NBA Draft with the 55th selection, which has been a heavily debated topic.

On one hand, it’s historic. Lebron and Bronny are the first father-son duo to be active players in the NBA.

Yet, talk of nepotism has been rampant since the team hired James’ podcast cohost, JJ Redick, as its head coach.

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Bronny was on the court for the Lakers on Saturday in San Francisco against the Sacramento Kings for his Summer League debut in his first chance to show what he’s got.

James scored just four points in the contest on 2-for-9 shooting, while grabbing two rebounds and handing out two assists. He also was a minus-16 on the floor, and the Kings took home a 108-94 win.

In his first press conference as a Laker, Bronny said he didn’t get “that much of an opportunity” to “showcase what I can really do” in his lone season at USC, where he averaged less than five points per game.

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Bronny was hampered by a sudden cardiac arrest during a warmup over the summer, causing him to miss the beginning of the season. He said the time missed in the summer kept him from “perfecting [his] game more.” In turn, it cost him throughout the season.

James did have three years of NCAA eligibility left, but it is difficult to turn down the opportunity to live out your NBA dream alongside your father.

LeBron once said his final year in the NBA would be with his son, so some have assumed in recent years LeBron would retire after playing with his son for one year. But, before the draft, their agent, Rich Paul, said the two were not a package deal.

It seemed odd, though, that Bronny had invites for workouts with at least 10 teams but only accepted two from the Lakers and Phoenix Suns. However, Paul says that was all “by design.”

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Scouts weren’t too kind to Bronny, one saying he was “not an NBA prospect.” Yes, it is early, but surely Bronny would like to shoot better than 22.2% from the floor.

Bronny and the Lakers will be back in action Sunday against the Golden State Warriors. He will head to Vegas next week, where his father is gearing up for the Olympics with Team USA.

Thousands of pounds of breakfast staple recalled by manufacturer

A food manufacturer is recalling thousands of pounds of liquid egg products due to “misbranding,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

Michael Foods Inc., which is part of the holding company Post Holdings, began the recall last week. In a press release published by the USDA June 30, the agency explained the recall pertains to 4,620 pounds of liquid egg products.

Specifically, the company is recalling 32-ounce cartons of Fair Meadow Foundations whole eggs with citric acid with a lot code of 4162G. The use-by date on the containers is Sept. 16, 2024.

The product is being taken off shelves because it contains milk, which is an allergen. Its branding did not reflect that it contained milk, the USDA said.

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“These items were shipped to restaurant consignees for institutional use in Alabama, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina and Utah,” the statement added.      

The USDA explained that the discovery was made during a “routine carton inventory evaluation.”

“The establishment notified FSIS [Food Safety and Inspection Service] when it discovered that a limited amount of Whole Egg with Citric Acid cartons was unaccounted for, and there was a corresponding excess of Breakfast Blend Scrambled Egg carton in inventory,” a USDA press release said. 

“The establishment investigated and determined that the unaccounted Whole Egg with Citric Acid cartons were inadvertently utilized during a single short Breakfast Blend Scrambled Egg production run.

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“The Breakfast Blend formulation contains an allergen, a dairy ingredient (milk), which is not declared on the Whole Egg with Citric Acid label.”

No illnesses related to the product have been reported yet. The USDA says that its Food Safety and Inspection Service is concerned the liquid egg products “may be in institutional/restaurant refrigerators.”

“Restaurants/institutions are urged not to serve these products,” the press release added. “These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

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FOX Business reached out to a Post Holdings spokesperson for comment but did not immediately hear back. 

Federal judge responds to Trump team’s request after immunity ruling

The federal judge presiding over former President Trump’s Florida case has paused several court deadlines to consider presidential immunity. 

Trump’s legal team presented a motion Friday seeking “a partial stay of further proceedings” in the case brought by special counsel Jack Smith “until President Trump’s motions based on Presidential immunity and the Appointments and Appropriations Clauses are resolved.”

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Saturday agreed to hear arguments, allowing two weeks for both camps to prepare briefs regarding the relevance of the Supreme Court’s ruling on presidential immunity.

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Trump faces charges from Smith’s investigation into his possession of classified materials. 

He pleaded not guilty to all 37 felony counts from Smith’s probe, including willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice and false statements.

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Trump was also charged with an additional three counts as part of a superseding indictment from the investigation, an additional count of willful retention of national defense information and two additional obstruction counts.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in the Trump v. United States case that a former president has substantial immunity from prosecution for official acts while in office but not for unofficial acts.

In a 6-3 decision, the court sent the matter back to a lower court when the justices did not apply the ruling to whether former President Trump is immune from prosecution regarding actions related to efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

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“The President enjoys no immunity for his unofficial acts, and not everything the President does is official,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. 

Biden gets an earful from veterans after claiming he’s been ‘in and out of battles’

President Biden claimed Thursday he’s been  “in and out of battles” while addressing an audience of military service members and their families at Thursday’s White House Fourth of July Barbecue. 

“And by the way, I’ve been all over the world with you. I’ve been in and out of battles,” the president, who never served in the military, though as Commander-in-Chief, met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine in February 2023 and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in October 2023.

It’s not the first time Biden has come under fire for remarks to military service members. In 2019, Biden came under fire for conflating and misrepresenting war stories after the Washington Post exposed a “moving but false war story” told on the campaign trail. Biden, then the former vice president and candidate for president, later defended what he said, saying the “central point” was accurate. 

Veterans 4 America First Institute, a non-profit veterans’ group, responded to Biden’s Fourth of July claims in an interview with Fox News Digital.

Peter O’Rourke is a former Acting Secretary for Veterans Affairs under President Trump and a veteran of both the Air Force and Navy. Darin Selnick, Former Veteran Affairs Advisor for the White House Domestic Policy Council, is also a former Air Force veteran. They both currently serve veterans in their roles with Veterans 4 America First.

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“It’s always bad form when a politician tries to make it about themselves and somehow equate their service with the service of those men and women who serve,” Selnick said. “So the only one who has been in battle are the men and women who served, not President Joe Biden.”

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“The men and women who serve have been all over the world in battle. So just keep it to that. Don’t try to equate what you’re doing with that, cozy up and and and that sort of thing. Just speak about the servicemen and women, think about the country; don’t make it about you. That’s the sad part, because every time Joe Biden speaks he always somehow tries to make it about him,” Selnick added.

“…every time Joe Biden speaks he always somehow tries to make it about him.” 

— Darin Selnick

Former Acting Secretary of the VA Peter O’Rourke also critiqued the president’s claim.

“I think the disappointment Darin and I both share is the continued disrespect, whether it’s examples of veterans that have been harmed in ways that don’t make a lot of sense, or just not really providing the efforts that we’d love to see our presidents give when it comes to articulating their concerns or their feelings toward veterans,” he said. 

O’Rourke continued, saying, “we saw this example, trying to find every opportunity to politicize, trying to sneak in a jab at his political opponent on a day where really, we should just be celebrating our independence. He was there to recognize and honor both veterans and active duty members.”

Veterans 4 America First Institute supports former President Trump for his military policy in November’s presidential election. Selnick told Fox News Digital, “we’re in a very crucial time both for the military and for the veterans who have left the military. We need a commander in chief that’s going to move things forward and do what’s right, for the veterans, and for the American people.”

Selnick added, “and that’s why we need Donald J. Trump back as commander-in-chief, because under him, we had a thriving military.”

Veterans 4 America First Institute’s mission as listed on their website is “To preserve and expand our nation’s commitment to our Veterans, military, and their families through public education and advocacy.”

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The White House has not responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

‘Jeopardy’ producers crack down on winner’s big moment: ‘We’re not doing that’

When it comes to game show etiquette, “Jeopardy” contestants are used to following certain standards. For Drew Basile, the first “Survivor” contestant to compete on the game show, his excitement was quick to overshadow the what-should-have-been “poised” celebration. 

During an episode of “Rob Has a Podcast,” the Michigan-based graduate student — who admitted to never really watching “Jeopardy” before appearing on the show — revealed that he had been forced to re-record a winning moment due to his “huge reaction.”

“Obviously, I had a big reaction at the end of the tiebreak because, you know, it’s like a Western standoff,” he said, referencing his game against opponent Josh Heit. “I had such a big reaction that I think we had to re-record it.”

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“I was like, ‘Let’s go!'” he said, while he pumped his fists in the air. 

“They were like, ‘We’re not doing that?'” a podcast co-host asked of the producers’ reaction.

“Well, ‘Jeopardy!’ is so classy. I had a huge reaction,” Basile responded. “It was kind of a little bit muted, compared to some of the hate you get from ‘Survivor,’ he added of the retake. 

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Basile’s over-the-top reactions earned him mixed feedback from fans of the show, but the negativity hasn’t seemed to bother him. 

“I was kind of a polarizing figure on ‘Jeopardy!’” he said. “They have so much poise, and they’re all dressed up to encourage those best qualities of politeness and rectitude, and people don’t really showboat.”

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“I had no issue with either of those things, I love showboating,” he added. “I think [because I have] a little bit more personality than your average winning contestant, [it] could have been a little unnerving for [some] viewers,” he speculated.

“Everyone loves to root against the winner … you don’t want the winner to be some kind person who you would invite into your home, that’s boring. I’ll gladly take being the heel … I’ll lean into it,” he concluded.

Basile finished with a seven-day winning streak, behind 15-day winner Adriana Harmeyer. He earned $129,601 before he was defeated on June 28.

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In contrast to Basile, “Jeopardy” contestant Erin Buker made a game show record this season after earning the second-lowest score in the competition’s history. 

After an episode in June, the stay-at-home mom walked away with -$7,200. The low score followed former contestant Patrick Pearce’s -$7,400 in July 2021. 

Buker told Fox News Digital that while she had a “pretty cool” time taping the episode, she would describe it as an “out-of-body experience.”

“You’re looking, you see the clues, but you don’t remember what category it is,” she explained. “You’re reminding yourself to not, you know, make weird faces, because you’re on live television. … The way they tape it is like it’s the live show. They really try to keep it really tight.”

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She continued, “So you just, like, don’t make weird faces, don’t … do anything odd, which is always kind of just running through your head. And then, so you’ll see the answer in front of you … it’s all very blurry, I can’t explain it.”

“This is all happening,” she said, “and it’s just, it’s all happening at once, and there’s just a lot of noise in the head, and it’s kind of an out-of-body experience, too.”

Musk calls for ultimate penalty for those opposed to requiring voters to prove citizenship

Elon Musk weighed in on a bill proposed by House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., that aims to ensure only American citizens can vote in federal elections, saying those who oppose the measure are “TRAITORS,” while rhetorically asking what the punishment for treason is in the U.S. 

Johnson unveiled the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act, originally pushed by Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, at a press conference in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, earlier this year.

Leading up to the July Fourth week-long recess, Johnson was circulating a memo within the House GOP conference, arguing why the bill is necessary.

On Friday, he continued to make his case on Musk’s social media platform, X.

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“The SAVE Act will safeguard our elections by ensuring only American citizens vote in federal elections,” the House speaker said before continuing with a series of posts that explained what the legislation does.

According to Johnson, the bill requires state election officials to ask about citizenship before providing applicants with voter registration forms. It also requires an individual to provide proof of citizenship before registering to vote in federal elections, allows state officials to accept a variety of documents to make it easy for citizens to register to vote and provides states with access to a federal agency database in which they can remove noncitizens from voter rolls and confirm citizenship for those who lack proof.

Johnson also said the measure directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to determine whether to begin removal proceedings of noncitizens who have been identified as having registered to vote in federal elections and requires DHS to notify state chief election officials when an individual has been naturalized, allowing them to exercise their new right to vote.

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In response to the series of posts, Musk provided his two cents.

“Those who oppose this are traitors. All Caps: TRAITORS,” he said. “What is the penalty for traitors again?”

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The Constitution calls on traitors guilty of treason to be sentenced to death or be imprisoned for no less than five years. They are also to be fined no less than $10,000 and be barred from ever holding office in the U.S.

Congress is expected to return to Washington, D.C., Monday.

The timing of the vote happening this month would be significant, coming less than six months before Trump’s White House rematch with President Biden.

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Democratic critics of the SAVE Act have argued it is unnecessary because it is already illegal for noncitizens to vote in federal elections.

Hurricane Warnings issued for Texas as Beryl eyes Monday landfall

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Hurricane Warnings have now been issued for Texas‘ Gulf Coast as Beryl continues its threatening march toward the Lone Star State.

A Hurricane Warning means hurricane conditions with sustained winds of 74 mph or greater are expected within the next 36 hours. In addition to the damaging wind threat, a dangerous storm surge and a foot of rain or more is possible through the early half of the week.

The warning is now in effect from south of Corpus Christi to around Sargent, Texas.

Parts of the Houston/Galveston metro and communities north of the Texas-Mexico border are under a Tropical Storm Warning, where winds could reach upwards of 73 mph.

Tropical weather alerts
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Beryl remains a tropical storm, having lost some of its energy after crossing Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula on Friday morning. But as Beryl slowly regains strength in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, it will likely regain hurricane status as it eyes a more northerly track toward the heart of the Texas Gulf Coast by Monday. 

“We are expecting a lot of that intensification to take place in the last, you know, 12 to 18 hours prior to landfall,” National Hurricane Center Director Michael Brennan told FOX Weather. “So people do need to prepare as if there is going to be a hurricane, because that’s what we’re expecting and all the hazards that come with that.”

A dangerous storm surge of up to 6 feet is expected to impact a wide swath of the Texas coast by Sunday night into Monday, while torrential rains that total as much as 10-15 inches threaten flash and urban flooding – some of which could be considerable. Beryl’s powerful hurricane-force winds could lead to power outages and property damage. 

Tracking Beryl
(FOX Weather)

 

The weather is expected to rapidly deteriorate on Monday morning from Brownsville to Houston, and preparations should be underway for a hurricane to make landfall later in the day.

“This is going to be a very challenging system to deal with because it’s so disorganized now, and it’s going to look disorganized as it approaches the coast, and it’s harder to get people motivated to take action,” said FOX Weather Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross. “But we have a situation where it could intensify significantly (Sunday) as it’s approaching the coast like right offshore.”

Norcross says if so, we could end up with a pretty significant hurricane.

“Probably not above a category 2, but where we’ve seen storms intensify rapidly right off the coast. And that’s not completely out of the question.”

Beryl forecast cone
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How much storm surge can be expected along the Texas coast?

A Storm Surge Warning is also in effect from Padre Island to San Luis Pass, including Corpus Christi Bay and Matagorda Bay.  A Storm Surge Warning means there is a potential for life-threatening water rises within the next 36 hours.

Storm Surge alerts
(FOX Weather)

 

Storm Surge models indicate a water rise of 3-6 feet is possible from Baffin Bay to Sargent, along with Corpus Christi Bay and Matagorda Bay starting as early as Sunday night and lasting into Monday. 

“The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the right of the center, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves,” the NHC warned. “Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances.”

How much rain is expected in Texas from Beryl? 

South Texas Rainfall Forecast
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Much of East Texas should brace for several inches of rain from Beryl. Wide swaths of 5-10 inch accumulations are expected with localized amounts up to 15 inches, across portions of the Texas Gulf Coast and eastern Texas from Sunday through the middle of next week.

“This rainfall is likely to produce areas of flash and urban flooding, some of which may be locally considerable in nature,” the NHC warned.

The Houston area is currently forecast to see around 5-8 inches of rain with heavier amounts in the southern and western suburbs.

Houston Rainfall Forecast
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Any of the outer rain bands could also produce tropical storm-force gusts and even spin up an isolated tornado, meteorologists with the National Weather Service office in Corpus Christi, Texas said.

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Evacuation orders issued for some Texas communities

Cameron County, Texas was one of the first in the state to issue voluntary evacuations. 

Authorities advised those living in mobile homes and visitors staying at parks to seek more substantial shelter.

Nueces County issued similar orders and advised all visitors to leave by Sunday afternoon.

The counties were two of the 40 that were part of a disaster declaration signed by acting Governor Dan Patrick.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is currently out of the country, but said he is monitoring the situation.

Communities in low-lying areas and along the coast have already started to offer sandbags to residents, which will be available as long as supplies last.

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