HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) – Tropical Storm Beta is situated in the western Gulf of Mexico slowly moving west-northwest at 6 mph. Beta has winds at 60 mph with gusts up to 70 mph.
As Beta is expected to remain as a tropical storm as it closes in on southeast Texas, the main concern is the flooding threat. Storm surge from the storm is already causing coastal flooding from Galveston to Matagorda Bay.
Conditions will deteriorate Sunday night into Monday with bands of rain moving toward southeast Texas. Accumulated rainfall totals could reach up to 6-12″ with flooding likely close to the coast along Hwy 59 and south of the I-10 corridor from Victoria to the Galveston/Houston area.
Tropical Storm Beta is expected to continue moving toward southeast Texas with the center of the storm making landfall around 7 am Tuesday with winds up to 50-60 mph. Tropical Storm and Storm Surge warnings are in effect for the southeast Texas coast.