Beta Continues Moving Toward Texas Coast

Beta is forecast to approach and make landfall on the central Texas Coast later on Monday with flooding rains extending northeastward from the center.

As Tropical Storm Beta continues to move slowly toward the Texas Coast, Tropical Storm and Storm Surge warnings remain in effect along the Gulf Coast from the middle Texas coast to Southwest Louisiana. Within the storm surge warning areas, there is the danger of life-threatening storm surge near periods of high tide through Tuesday. Because of the storm’s slow motion, Beta is expected to produce a long duration heavy rainfall event, with flooding likely from the middle Texas coast to southern Louisiana. Heavy rains are forecast to spread northward across eastern Texas, Oklahoma and the lower Mississippi valley over the next few days.

For the Natchitoches area, showers and isolated embedded thunderstorms associated with Beta will become numerous to widespread by Monday afternoon and should continue in this fashion through Wednesday. Some of the stronger storms within the rain bands may produce gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall, especially south of Interstate 30. As soils become saturated and soft from the rain, the risk of isolated trees being uprooted will increase. Showers and thunderstorms will become more scattered Thursday and Friday and total rainfall amounts by Saturday morning of two to four inches are expected. Isolated rainfall totals of up to six inches will be possible across portions of Central and Northeast Louisiana, which may lead to a threat for flooding later this week.