Tropical Storm Beta expected to make landfall Monday night

Storm will bring rain to parts of Texas through midweek

After being nearly stationary for most of the weekend, Tropical Storm Beta is finally on the move and heading toward Texas. Here’s what you need to know:

  • As of Monday afternoon, Beta was located in the far western Gulf with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving WNW at 7 mph
Latest stats for Tropical Storm Beta; Valid Monday, September 21st (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)
  • Overall motion of the storm will continue to be very slow Monday as it inches closer to the Texas coast
  • The latest forecast track shows landfall occurring sometime Monday afternoon/evening near Port Lavaca, Texas
  • The latest forecast track also suggests the system will continue to move slowly after moving inland, resulting in prolonged periods of heavy rain for some areas
Latest track for Tropical Storm Beta; Valid Monday, September 21st (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

Impacts to Texas

  • Beta will produce several inches of rain and some coastal flooding across parts of Southeast Texas
  • Some localized flash flooding will be possible well east of I-35, in places like Hallettsville, Cuero, and Goliad
  • In fact, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued through Tuesday for counties well east of San Antonio
A Flash Flood Watch is in place for areas well east of San Antonio until Tuesday, September 22nd (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)
  • Farther west, rainfall totals will be a good bit lower
  • The San Antonio/Bexar County area could see around an inch of rain through midweek
Maximum potential rainfall due to Tropical Storm Beta; Valid Monday, September 21st (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

Stay Informed

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Types of Tropical Systems

Not all tropical systems are created equal! Meteorologist Sarah Spivey explains in the video below.

KSAT Meteorologist Sarah Spivey takes some time to describe the different types of tropical systems.
KSAT Meteorologist Sarah Spivey takes some time to describe the different types of tropical systems.

About the Authors:

Justin Horne is a meteorologist and reporter for KSAT 12 News. When severe weather rolls through, Justin will hop in the KSAT 12 Storm Chaser to safely bring you the latest weather conditions from across South Texas. On top of delivering an accurate forecast, Justin often reports on one of his favorite topics: Texas history.

Kaiti Blake is a child weather-geek-turned-meteorologist. A member of the KSAT Weather Authority, Kaiti is a co-host of the Whatever the Weather video podcast. After graduating from Texas Tech University, Kaiti worked at WJTV 12 in Jackson, Mississippi and KTAB in Abilene.