Tropical Storm Beta continues to strengthen despite strong southwesterly shear. Winds are up to 60 mph with the latest hurricane center update. Thoughts are basically unchanged from earlier. We will be watching this through the middle of next week as it is expected to turn northeast.
It does look like we could see several days of easterly flow which could lead to some minor coastal flooding. Areas highlighted in yellow could start seeing higher water by the end of the weekend.
Tropical Storm Beta formed in the Gulf of Mexico Friday afternoon and is moving to the northeast. The current forecast has this turning to the west through the weekend as high pressure builds in from the north.
After that a trough coming in from the west causes it to turn back to the northeast next week and then potentially up to Louisiana after that. There is fairly good agreement on this overall theme but the details will still need to be worked out over the next few days in terms of where it actually goes.
Right now impacts in the short term look to be minimal. This will produce quite a bit of rain but most of that will be offshore to the south and southwest.
Expect heaviest amounts through Tuesday south of I-10 with less to the north. Some areas could receive a few inches along the coast but heaviest will stay offshore.
There will also be a persistent onshore wind over the next few days.
The strongest winds will be offshore for the most part but several days of a moderate easterly flow will likely lead to at least minor flooding outside the levee system. Expect to see higher water in the low spots.
Otherwise we are going to watch this through next week. If it does move northeast it will likely stay west of our area which means any band that moves through could possess a tornado threat.
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