Texas Braces For ANOTHER hurricane as Tropical Storm Beta gains momentum in the Gulf of Mexico with 60 mph winds and expected to make landfall early next week
- A hurricane watch has been issued for parts of Texas after Tropical Storm Beta gained strength in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday
- The National Hurricane Service said Saturday that downtown Beta is expected to slowly approach the Texas coast early next week
- Forecasters say the storm is expected to turn into a hurricane on Sunday
- It comes just weeks after coastal cities in the state and parts of Louisiana were hit by Hurricane Laura
A hurricane watch has been issued for parts of Texas as Tropical Storm Beta gains momentum in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to hit the coast early next week.
The National Hurricane Center warned of “an increasing risk of heavy rains and flooding” along the coast from Sunday to at least the middle of next week as the slow-moving storm approaches the state.
As of Saturday morning, Beta was located 465 miles east of the mouth of the Rio Grande with maximum sustained winds at 100 mph, the NHC said in an advisory report.
Forecasters said the storm is expected to turn into a hurricane on Sunday.
A hurricane watch is in effect for parts of Texas as Tropical Storm Beta gains strength in the Gulf of Mexico
As of Saturday morning, Beta was 465 miles east of the mouth of the Rio Grande with maximum sustained winds at 100 mph, the NHC said in an advisory
The National Weather Service warned of possible severe flooding from Sunday as the slowly advancing storm approaches the coast
A hurricane watch was issued from Port Aransas, Texas, to High Island, Texas.
There was also a flood watch from Port Mansfield, Texas to High Island; and a tropical storm watch from south of Port Aransas to the mouth of the Rio Grande and east of High Island to Morgan City, Louisiana.
Forecasters predicted up to four feet of storm surge along parts of the Texas coast.
Wind, heavy rains, and life-threatening surf and rip currents were also expected in the storm.
It comes amid an exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season in which forecasters ran out of traditional storm names earlier Friday, enforcing the use of the Greek alphabet for the second time since the 1950s.
Forecasters predicted up to four feet of storm surge along parts of the Texas coast
Alpha was a post-tropical cyclone on Friday night after bringing rain to Portugal.
Tropical Storm Wilfred stayed at sea but was located 830 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds at 65 mph.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Teddy remained a strong hurricane at the end of Friday, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
Teddy was 730 miles southeast of Bermuda, less than a week after Hurricane Paulette made landfall in rich British territory.
Teddy’s big swell was expected to hit the Lesser Antilles, Greater Antilles and Bahamas, and by Saturday they would spread to Bermuda and the US East Coast.
Parts of the Alabama and Florida Panhandle coast were still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sally, which roared ashore on Wednesday.
At least two deaths were blamed on the system and hundreds of thousands of people were still without power by the end of Friday.