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Tropical Storm Beta heading toward Texas Coast, but when, where and how strong?

Storm being impacted by wind shear, dry air and weak steering currents
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Posted at 1:45 AM, Sep 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-20 13:10:21-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Tropical Storm Beta is maintaining its 60-mph intensity early this morning, but is struggling against persistent wind shear and ingestion of dry continental air.

As a result, Beta no longer is forecast to become a hurricane. Furthermore, its forecast track has shifted farther north, up the coast.

Nevertheless, a Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for most of the Coastal Bend, and a Tropical Storm Warning is posted for Goliad, Victoria and Refugio counties.

A Storm-Surge Warning is in effect for inundations levels of 1-3 feet in coastal regions, inland bays and waterways.

The best opportunity for rain will come Monday into Tuesday, as the storm approaches the coast near Bay City.

Heaviest rainfall of 10-12 inches is expected along the upper Texas coast, including the Houston, Galveston and Beaumont-Port Arthur areas.

Rainfall in the Coastal Bend will be much less.

As the system turns more northward into Southeast Texas, our rain chances dwindle quickly.

By late Wednesday and through the remainder of the week, little-to-no rainfall is expected.

Highs will remain in the 80s, with lows near 70.