Our entire coast is under a Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Warning, and Flash Flood Watch. The storm surge is already pushing tides up and the water levels are expected to peak before sunrise with 3-5′ of water over the low-lying regions of the coast. Tropical-storm-force winds are expected to begin Sunday night and continue through Monday. The Tropical Storm Warning extends inland all the way into Houston and Harris County. Most of Southeast Texas is also included in a Flash Flood Watch through Tuesday evening. Our Hurricane Watch has been dropped, meaning that hurricane force winds are unlikely with this storm.
For the rest of today, expect rain showers to continue pushing westward with winds occasionally gusting over 30 mph. Rainfall totals today should generally be an inch or less and cause no problems.
A tornado threat will emerge along the coast late tonight into early Monday morning as Beta’s center gets closer to land. The threat for tornadoes and flash-flooding will be with us all day Monday as Beta makes landfall, most likely around Matagorda County. Communities along the path of Beta southwest of Houston will have the greatest risk of flash-flooding Monday. Beta’s center is expected to slowly track northeast Tuesday and Wednesday, putting its deepest moisture over Houston Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Montgomery/Walker/San Jacinto/Polk/Grimes Counties
Fort Bend/Wharton/Colorado Counties
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