Tropical Storm Beta made landfall in Texas around 10 p.m. Central Time Monday night near Port O’Connor, Texas, between Houston and Corpus Christi.
Beta a Western Gulf Threat
Tropical Storm Beta formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday and will slowly move up the upper coast of Texas toward Louisiana over the next couple of days.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from Port Aransas, Texas to Sabine Pass on the Texas/Louisiana border. A storm surge warning also continues from Sargent, Texas to Sabine Pass, including Galveston.
Voluntary evacuations are in place for some low-lying coastal areas. The Harris County Flood Control District was reporting that flooding has been affecting coastal communities on the east side of the Houston metro.
Beta is slowly moving northwest at 3 mph and will eventually turn to the northeast, but still move slowly.
Increased surf, gusty winds, and heavy rain will be issues in parts of Texas and Louisiana. That said, parts of the potentially affected region in south Texas could use the rain.
“It’s probably going to impact the same areas that Hurricane Hanna hit in July,” said Spectrum News Chief Meteorologist Burton Fitzsimmons, who is based in Texas. “Most of the (Texas) coast is running a rain deficit.”
Originally, there were concerns that as much as a foot of rain could fall. However, Beta has weakened enough to limit that potential, but locally heavy totals over six inches will still occur.
The storm got its name, the second letter in the Greek alphabet, after Tropical Storm Wilfred and Subtropical Storm Alpha also formed on Friday.
Hurricane Teddy became the second major hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season on Thursday and has been churning large waves across the Atlantic ever since.
Tropical storm warnings were in place for Bermuda as the storm passed off to the east just days after Paulette struck the island nation, and now they’re in effect for the south coast of Nova Scotia.
Teddy is bringing large swells to the East Coast and southern Canada, which has combined with high tides to cause localized flooding. As it tracks closer to New England as computer forecast models suggest, it could also bring especially large surf there as well.
Tropical storm-force winds will begin to hit Nova Scotia later Tuesday well ahead of the hurricane’s landfall early Wednesday.
Wait, There’s More
The remains of Paulette regenerated into a tropical storm Tuesday night. The “zombie storm” is in the eastern Atlantic near the Azores and will meander in open water.
A cluster of storms between Florida and Cuba has a very low chance of development in the next several days.
It’s Greek to Me
Subtropical Storm Alpha formed off the west coast of Europe on Friday, becoming the first storm with a Greek alphabet name since 2005. It’s only the second time since hurricane names started in 1953 that the government has dipped into the Greek alphabet.
The storm made landfall shortly after forming, but it caused increased surf and heavy rain for the European countries of Portugal, Spain, and France for a couple of days.
We’ve barely passed the hurricane season’s midpoint and have just three letters to go to tie 2005’s record for most named storms in a season.