Tropical Storm Beryl is predicted to intensify into a Category 2 hurricane as it approaches the Houston area early Monday, according to the US National Hurricane Centre. The storm is expected to regain Category 1 status on Sunday as it moves over warm waters and shifts north-northwest. Hurricane warnings have been issued for much of the Texas coast. This has led to port closures and vessel traffic restrictions from Houston to Corpus Christi, impacting crude oil exports and refinery operations. Temperatures in the region are expected to exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with heat indices reaching 108 on Sunday. Eastern Texas is under a flood watch, with the storm's maximum wind speeds reaching 96kmph. Earlier, the storm caused significant damage across the Caribbean, claiming at least 11 lives. Beryl previously made landfall in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, causing power outages but no casualties. As the storm nears Texas, the National Weather Service has warned of potential coastal flooding and rip currents. Most of the northern Gulf's offshore oil and gas production is east of Beryl's forecast track. Some oil producers have evacuated personnel from Gulf of Mexico platforms. Citgo Petroleum Corp plans to operate the Corpus Christi refinery at minimum capacity, while Gibson Energy continues operations at its Corpus Christi terminal, with plans to adjust based on the storm's path.