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Beta’s winds are still down to 50 mph, but it is moving a little faster toward the Texas coast.
HOUSTON — The Texas coast can expect heavier showers and rain in the late morning and through the afternoon and evening Monday as Tropical Storm Beta continues its path west-northwest.
WEATHER ALERT: Tornado Warning for Galveston County until 1:30 p.m. for areas near Port Bolivar, east end of Galveston and Texas City.
Beta is now moving at 7 mph, up from 6 mph, according to the 10 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center. Max sustained winds are still 50 mph, down from 60 mph the night before.
The storm is expected to make landfall on Monday evening near Port Lavaca, which is about 100 miles southwest of Houston. There was little change in its projected path overnight. Once inland, the storm will move northeast along the coast through Wednesday, becoming a depression by the time it reaches Houston.
Watch Meteorologist Addison Green’s latest forecast
Beta is located about 55 miles southeast of Port O’Conner and 75 miles south-southwest of Freeport.
Earlier Sunday, tropical storm warnings were extended further inland for the Houston area, as the center of the forecast cone has the storm passing directly over us.
What can Houston and Southeast Texas expect?
Periods of fast moving, heavy rain are expected to continue late Monday morning into the afternoon/evening and into Tuesday. Coastal flooding in low-lying areas is the greatest threat with this system so far.
At this time we are not expecting widespread flooding issues across our inland communities. Because of this, the City of Houston has not set up any emergency shelters.
You will see in the images below that all of the Greater Houston Area is under a Flash Flood Watch, and our coastal communities are under a Storm Surge Warning.
The latest: Updates on TS Beta from across the Houston area
“As Beta continues to get closer to the coastline and turn north, some of the rain bands in the Houston area will get a little more intense,” said KHOU 11 Meteorologist Chita Craft.
Our primary concern with this system will be isolated spots of street flooding during those heavy downpours and flooding/storm surge in our coastal communities. Areas inland could receive up to 7 inches of rain as Beta moves up the coast over the next 24 to 48 hours.
Interactive tropical tracker map
Tropical Storm Beta forecast track / cone
Tropical Storm Beta potential rainfall totals
Tropical Storm Warning in Southeast Texas
**Text STORM to 713-526-1111 for updates on Tropical Storm Beta**
10 a.m. Monday update from the National Hurricane Center:
BETA MOVING A LITTLE FASTER TOWARDS THE CENTRAL TEXAS COAST… …EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS OVER PORTIONS OF THE TEXAS COAST LATER THIS MORNING AND AFTERNOON…
ABOUT 55 MI…90 KM SE OF PORT OCONNOR TEXAS
ABOUT 75 MI…120 KM SSW OF FREEPORT TEXAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 7 MPH…11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…996 MB…29.42 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS | CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
The Storm Surge Warning between Sabine Pass, TX and Rockefeller
Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana has been discontinued.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for… * Port Aransas, Texas to Sabine Pass, Texas including Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, Matagorda Bay, and Galveston Bay.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for… * Port Aransas Texas to Morgan City Louisiana
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for… * Baffin Bay to Port Aransas Texas
A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a depiction
of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas
should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 36 hours.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 1000 AM CDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Beta was located by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft and NOAA Doppler weather radars near latitude 27.9 North, longitude 95.7
West. Beta is moving toward the west-northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h), and this general motion is forecast to continue today. A decrease in forward speed and a sharp turn to the north and
northeast are expected on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Beta will continue to move toward the central coast of Texas today and will likely move inland by tonight. Beta is forecast to remain close to the coast of southeastern Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Data from the aircraft and Doppler radars indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast before Beta reaches the Texas coast. Weakening is anticipated once Beta moves inland.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km) from the center. A Texas TCOON observing site at Port O’Connor, Texas, has recently measured a wind gust to 40 mph (65 km/h). A NOAA buoy located just east of Galveston, Texas, has reported a sustained wind of 39 mph (61 km/h) and a gust to 43 mph (66 km/h) during the past couple of hours.
The estimated minimum central pressure based on data from the reconnaissance aircraft is 996 mb (29.42 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
Key messages for Beta can be found in the Tropical Cyclone Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT2 and WMO header WTNT42 KNHC.
STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could
reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…
Port Aransas, TX to Sabine Pass, TX including Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, Matagorda Bay, and Galveston Bay…2-4 ft
Sabine Pass, TX to Ocean Springs, MS including Sabine Lake, Lake Calcasieu, Vermilion Bay, Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, and Lake
Maurepas…1-3 ft Baffin Bay, TX to Port Aransas, TX including Corpus Christi Bay and Baffin Bay… 1-3 ft
Mouth of the Rio Grande to Baffin Bay, TX…1-2 ft
The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances. For information specific to your area, please see products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin later this morning in portions of the tropical storm warning area. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area later today.
RAINFALL: Through Friday, Beta is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches with isolated totals of 15 inches from the middle Texas coast to southeast Louisiana. Rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches are expected northward into the ArkLaTex region and
east into the Lower Mississippi Valley through the end of the week. Flash and urban flooding is likely, as well as isolated minor river flooding.
TORNADOES: A tornado or two could occur today and tonight, near the middle to upper Texas coast or the southwestern Louisiana coast.
SURF: Swells generated by a combination of Beta and a cold front over the northern Gulf of Mexico will continue along the coasts of Louisiana and Texas during the next couple of days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.