FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Tropical Storm Beta is moving slowly towards the central Texas coast.
Forecasters have issued storm surge and tropical storm warnings ahead of Beta.
A storm surge of 2 to 4 feet is possible from Port Aransas, Texas to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana.
Tropical storm force winds extend 175 miles out from the center of the storm.
Choppy, rough waves caused part of Galveston’s 61st street fishing pier to collapse in the water Sunday.
Here is a video of the end of the 61st Pier breaking off and floating away shortly after 10pm tonight.
— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) September 21, 2020
At 2 p.m. ET Monday, Beta has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and it is moving to the west-northwest at 7 mph.
It is expected to produce tropical storm conditions over portions of the Texas coast through Monday afternoon.
Plenty of rain is expected across the Gulf Coast and inland over the next 3 days as #Beta slowly moves through. Flooding issues are likely so remember, Turn Around, Don't Drown! pic.twitter.com/GbaalREeUb
— National Weather Service (@NWS) September 21, 2020
Through Friday, Beta is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches with isolated totals of 15 inches from the middle Texas coast to southeast Louisiana.
Rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches are expected northward into the ArkLaTex region and east into the Lower Mississippi Valley through the end of the week.
Flash and urban flooding is likely, as well as isolated minor river flooding.
— Mark Sudduth (@hurricanetrack) September 20, 2020
According to the National Hurricane Center, Beta will make landfall as a Tropical Storm along the Texas coastline Monday night and it will weaken as it moves inland.
The forecast track of Beta keeps the storm along the coast of southern Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to Philip Klotzbach, Beta will be the 9th named storm to make landfall in the continental United States in 2020 which would tie 1916 for most continental US landfalling named storms in a season on record.
#Beta is now forecast to make landfall in Texas. If it does so, it will be 9th named storm (tropical storms and #hurricanes) to have made landfall in continental US this year. This would tie 2020 with 1916 for most continental US landfalling named storms in a season on record. pic.twitter.com/X0zqvsCIFf
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) September 19, 2020