The overall situation with Tropical Storm Beta remains the same this morning. Coastal regions are seeing very high water levels due to tides, surge, and prolonged easterly winds from Beta. We’re expecting intermittently heavy rain over the next few days in the greater Houston region.
...BETA TRUDGING SLOWLY WEST-NORTHWESTWARD TOWARD THE TEXAS COAST...
...RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT FINDS NO CHANGE IN STRENGTH...
*** A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from Port Aransas, Texas to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana, including Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, Matagorda Bay,
Galveston Bay, Sabine Lake, and Lake Calcasieu.
*** A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Port Aransas Texas to Morgan City Louisiana.
*** A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from Baffin Bay to Port Aransas Texas.
Tropical storm conditions are occurring in the tropical storm warning area along the southwestern Louisiana coast and will spread westward to the warning areas in Texas late today through early Monday. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area along the south Texas coast on Monday.
A tornado or two could occur Monday near the middle-to-upper Texas coast or the southwestern Louisiana coast.
Through Thursday, Beta is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 8 to 12 inches with isolated totals of 20 inches from the middle Texas coast to southern Louisiana, with 4 to 8 inches spreading northward into the lower Mississippi River Valley by mid-week. Flash and urban flooding is likely, as well as minor to isolated moderate river flooding. 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 www.weather.gov
At 10 a.m. CDT, the center of Tropical Storm Beta was located about 225 miles east-southeast of Port O’Connor, Texas. Beta is moving slowly toward the west-northwest near 3 mph (6 km/h). A slightly faster motion toward the west-northwest is forecast to occur during the next couple of days, followed by a slow down and a turn to the north and northeast Monday night and Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Beta will move toward the coast of Texas and will likely move inland Monday or Monday night, and remain close to the coast of southeastern Texas on Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km) from the center. Little change in strength is forecast to occur during the next couple of days before Beta reaches the Texas coast. Weakening is anticipated once Beta moves inland.
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...
- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, LA to Ocean Springs, MS including Vermilion Bay, Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, and Lake Maurepas...1-3 ft
- Port Aransas, TX to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, LA including
Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, Matagorda Bay, Galveston Bay, Sabine Lake, and Calcasieu Lake... 2-4 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 next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 4 p.m. CDT with an intermediate advisory at 1 p.m. CDT - www.hurricanes.gov
Hazards expected for SE Texas as of 5 AM CDT SEP 20 from TS #Beta: Impacts (highest to lowest) remain to be dangerous storm surge, flooding rains, tropical storm force winds, and dangerous marine and beach conditions.
Peligros anticipados para SE de Texas (5 AM CDT SEP 20) por Tormenta Tropical #Beta
: Impactos (más alto a más bajo) serán marejada ciclónica peligrosa, inundaciones por lluvia, vientos con fuerza de tormenta tropical y condiciones marítimas y costeras peligrosas.
8pm CT Saturday 9/19/2020: Tropical Storm Beta remains nearly stationary in the northwest Gulf of Mexico. Here are our key takeaways this evening:
Beta still has the potential to strengthen, but the National Hurricane Center no longer expects Beta to become a hurricane before approaching the Texas coast, likely near Matagorda Bay, on Monday or Tuesday.
Water levels along the Texas coast in places like Crystal Beach and the west end of Galveston Island are starting to rise in response to Beta, and the storm may inundate low-lying areas for a few days. Final preparations should be taken along the coast soon.
Beta still poses a significant flooding risk to Texas and Louisiana that we need to take seriously.
As we watch for storm updates, this is the best time for you to prepare. Please take this time to secure your homes and pick up any “missile hazards” in your yards. Loose debris, dead branches, lawn furniture, etc. Have a plan* Stay informed * Stay safe!
Start reviewing your families plan. I encourage everyone to check your yards for loose items, pick up any items that could possibly clog/plug storm drains and recommend to not place any "heavy trash" items to the curb this week. Watch the city FB pages for any updates or information. Mayor Jason Perez
We monitor several weather outlets. Here is the latest from another area source. Tropical Storm Beta made its expected turn west earlier today and is now crawling toward the Texas coast at 2 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Its maximum sustained winds are 60 mph. Our overall forecast for the Houston metro area has not changed at this time: We still anticipate Stage 2 flood conditions south of Interstate 10, and Stage 1 for areas north of Interstate 10.
Tropical Storm Beta will produce dangerous to life-threatening conditions across SE Texas over the next several days. A Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Warning, and Flash Flood Watch are or will be in effect for portions of our forecast area. Stay alert and watch local forecasts for updates.
Tropical Storm #Beta is forecast to strengthen as it slowly approaches the Texas coast. A Hurricane Watch is in effect from Port Aransas to High Island, and a Hurricane Warning might be needed. Know the differences between a Watch and a Warning. #txwx #houwx #glswx #bcswx
Press Release 8.28.2020 English
Press Release 8.26.2020 Spanish
2 PM Radar Update: The outer rain bands of #Laura are beginning to move onshore. Areas of Liberty and Chambers Counties could see gusty winds and downpours from these storms. Hurricane Watches and Warnings remain in effect.
Call for information during the storm or to report hazardous debris after the storm has dissapated. Thank you.
Hurricane Laura Press Release 8.25.2020
Declaration of Local Disaster Hurricane Marco and Laura
Press Release 8.24.2020
Here are the 10pm updates on Tropical Storm Marco and Tropical Storm Laura. Not much change in the forecast from previous advisories, but large uncertainties remain for the future track of Laura. For more information, visit www.hurricanes.gov
As we watch for storm updates, this is the best time for you to prepare. Please take this time to secure your homes and pick up any “missile hazards” in your yards. Loose debris, dead branches, lawn furniture, etc. The City of Angleton would also ask that beginning on Monday, August 24, please avoid parking in the street until the storm has dissipated. This will help facilitate clearing debris and avoid potential damage to your vehicles. Thank you.
Be prepared! The National Hurricane Center has found sufficient circulation in the Caribbean to support formation of a tropical depression (TD14). This system is expected to gradually organize/strengthen over the next several days as it moves across the Yucatan and into the western Gulf of Mexico Sunday. While there is still a lot of inherent uncertainty this far out, this increases the chances of impacts early next week along the upper TX Coast.