Part of Louisiana’s coast is now under a storm surge warning along with an earlier issued tropical storm warning as Beta slowly inches its way toward Texas’ coastline, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday night.
Forecasters also said that Beta is no longer expected to reach hurricane strength and should weaken as the storm moves over Texas.
The Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Sabine Lake and Lake Calcasieu in Cameron and Calcasieu parishes are part of the storm surge warning, and life-threatening rising waters are possible in the next 36 hours.
The tropical storm warning also stretched into Morgan City in St. Mary’s Parish on Saturday night, joining Cameron and Vermilion parishes in watching out for conditions in the next 36 hours.
After a few hours of remaining stationary, forecasters said Tropical Storm Beta made slight movement toward the north northeast at 2 mph. That motion will change come Sunday, when Beta is expected to head west northwest toward the coast of Texas until late Monday or Tuesday.
Beta’s maximum sustained winds were recorded at 60 mph and are not anticipated to exceed that speed as it nears land. However, a hurricane watch is still in effect for parts of Texas.
As of 10 p.m., the storm was 235 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, and 325 miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas.