A tropical storm warning has been issued for part of Louisiana’s coast as Tropical Storm Beta’s track has shifted a little to the west on its trek toward the Texas coastline in the latest National Hurricane Center update.
The warning issued in the National Hurricane Center’s 10 a.m. advisory Saturday stretches along the Texas-Louisiana coastline from Port Aransas, Texas to Intracoastal City, Louisiana. Inland, the warning area includes Cameron and Vermilion parishes.
These parishes, particularly Cameron Parish, underwent a significant amount of damage during major Hurricane Laura in late August.
Beta’s track now explicitly shows landfall on the Texas coast in about 72 hours. It is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Sunday afternoon before it, forecasters said.
A previously issued storm surge watch and a tropical storm watch remains in effect for four Louisiana parishes as the storms cone extends widely across the state’s coastline.
The storm surge watch extends from Port Mansfield, Texas to Cameron, Louisiana — including Sabine Lake and Calcasieu Lake in Louisiana. Peak storm surge is expected to hit between 2-4 feet near Sabine Lake and Calcasieu Lake and 1-3 feet along the Louisiana coastline from Cameron to Morgan City, Louisiana.
A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
The tropical storm watch stretches from east of Intracoastal City to Morgan City, including Iberia and St. Mary parishes. When under a tropical storm watch, NHC said area residents can anticipate tropical storm conditions within 48 hours.
In the latest forecast track, Beta’s movement continued its slow down, moving to the northwest at 3 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. The storm was spotted about 305 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas and 245 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from Beta’s center.
A slow westward motion is expected to begin later Saturday, with a slow northwestward motion forecast to begin late Sunday and continue through late Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Beta will slowly approach the Texas coast into early next week.
The NHC said an increasing risk of heavy rainfall and flooding along the northwest Gulf Coast on Sunday through at least the middle of next week as the storm is forecast to move slowly toward and along or offshore of the coast through that time.