FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Beta to bring heavy rain to Texas

FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Beta to bring heavy rain to Texas
Beta will make landfall later this evening. (Source: WMBF)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Tropical Storm Beta continues to work toward the southeastern Texas coast this morning and will bring impacts later today before moving inland later tonight.

Tropical Storm Beta

Beta will make landfall later this evening.
Beta will make landfall later this evening. (Source: WMBF)

At 11 AM, the center of Tropical Storm Beta was located by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft and NOAA Doppler weather radars near latitude 27.9 North, longitude 95.7 West. Beta is moving toward the west-northwest near 7 mph, and this general motion is forecast to continue today. A decrease in forward speed and a sharp turn to the north and northeast are expected on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Beta will continue to move toward the central coast of Texas today and will likely move inland by tonight. Beta is forecast to remain close to the coast of southeastern Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday. Data from the aircraft and Doppler radars indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast before Beta reaches the Texas coast. Weakening is anticipated once Beta moves inland. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from the center. A Texas TCOON observing site at Port O’Connor, Texas, has recently measured a wind gust to 40 mph. A NOAA buoy located just east of Galveston, Texas, has reported a sustained wind of 39 mph and a gust to 43 mph during the past couple of hours. The estimated minimum central pressure based on data from the reconnaissance aircraft is 996 mb.

Hurricane Teddy

Teddy will continue to work east of Bermuda, posing no threat to the Carolinas or United States.
Teddy will continue to work east of Bermuda, posing no threat to the Carolinas or United States. (Source: WMBF)

At 11 AM, the center of Hurricane Teddy was located near latitude 31.1 North, longitude 62.7 West. Teddy is moving toward the north-northeast near 14 mph, and this motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the north overnight and north-northwest on Tuesday. Teddy should turn to the north-northeast as it approaches Nova Scotia on Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph with higher gusts. Teddy is expected to gain strength overnight, but weaken steadily by Wednesday and become a strong post-tropical cyclone. Teddy is a large hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft recently reported a minimum central pressure of 960 mb.

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