Tropical Storm Beta puts over 10 million people under tropical storm warnings

Story highlights

  • Water levels rising in coastal Texas
  • Louisiana coast already seeing tropical storm conditions
  • Landfall forecast for late Monday or early Tuesday

The outer bands of Tropical Storm Beta, one of several storms creating a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season, are lashing the Texas coast.

Official landfall is forecast to be very late Monday or early Tuesday, but Texans should prepare for tropical storm conditions late Sunday through early Monday.

Already, Beta is bringing tropical storm conditions to parts of the southwestern Louisiana coast.
    A storm surge warning is also in effect from Port Aransas, テキサス, to the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, どこ 2 に 4 feet of storm surge is possible.

    Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions,” による 国立ハリケーンセンター (国立ハリケーンセンター).
    の合計 8 に 12 inches of widespread rain is forecast, and isolated rainfall of up to 20 inches is possible from the middle of the Texas coast to southern Louisiana through Thursday.
    The hurricane watch previously posted is discontinued, but Beta is chugging along at a dangerously sluggish 3 mph to the west-northwest, having slowed Saturday morning from 12 mph.
    It is packing sustained winds of 60 mph, and the National Hurricane Center’s reconnaissance aircraft has found no change in strength.
    But at such a slow pace, the storm is still dangerous.
    By comparison, an average human walks around 3 または 4 mph. ハリケーン Sally made landfall at 3 mph. Florence made landfall at 6 mph and Harvey で 7, but both storms slowed very quickly after landfall and triggered tremendous flooding.
    Beta is battling a good amount of shear and dry air in the Gulf of Mexico which is keeping the intensity of the storm from increasing.
    Having ahigh shearenvironment prevents a storm from intensifying. A “low shearatmosphere environment is favorable for the tropical system to develop further and intensify.
    The shear is also making the storm very asymmetric, and the bulk of the rain and strongest winds are located to the north and northeast of the center.

    A historic Atlantic Hurricane season

    Beta is named after the second letter in the Greek alphabet.
    Alpha was named Friday, and a few hours later, Tropical Storm Beta was named in the Gulf of Mexico.
    The NHC ran out of names for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season and began drawing from the Greek alphabet for only the second time in recorded history.
    The other time was in 2005, when the season produced so many storms it exhausted the season’s list of 21 names.
      The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through November 30. With two months remaining, 2020 could easily surpass the record set in 2005.
      The season has produced almost twice the average number of storms with 23 named so far. The average hurricane season produces 12.

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