Galveston, Bolivar could experience 'minor' coastal flooding from Hurricane Delta

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Chris Hendricks tries to clear debris from a storm drain to help with the draining of floodwaters from Tropical Storm Beta on his street Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 in Galveston.

Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

Hurricane Delta could cause minor flooding in Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula’s “usual vulnerable spots” later this week as the storm nears the Gulf Coast.

Storm surge from Delta — a category 4 hurricane as of Tuesday afternoon — will likely cause high seas and relatively strong winds, which could cause flooding in parts of the coastal communities during high tide. Pinpointing the timing is difficult, although beach conditions will start to become hazardous beginning as early as Thursday, meteorologists with the National Weather Service said.

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This means any weekday trips to the beach are canceled.

Thursday’s rain chances have increased for inland communities, including Houston. Shower and thunderstorm bands from Delta will move into the area sometime Thursday and will continue until Friday or Saturday, meteorologists said.

Sunshine returns Saturday and Sunday, when high temperatures will reach the low 90s. After the hot weekend, a cold front could bring temperatures down starting Monday.

As for Delta, the storm is predicted to make landfall as a hurricane anywhere between the upper Texas coast to the Florida panhandle late Friday or early Saturday.