Tropical storm Beta raged in the Gulf of Mexico, prompting forecasters to launch a hurricane clock on the Texas coast, stretching from High Island to Port Aransas. A slow increase is expected, with Beta’s forecast turning into a hurricane on Sunday.
The storm is the last to form during the highly active season of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean – so active thatand switched to using the Greek alphabet to name new storms. This has only happened twice in history.
On Friday, three new storms came to life in one day: Wilfred ̵
“Three storms with the name of the Atlantic Ocean are forming today: September 18, 2020 – #Wilfred #Alpha #Beta. The only other recorded time when the Atlantic Ocean had 3 names of stormy formations on the same calendar day is August 15, 1893. . ” Klotzbach.
As of early Saturday, Beta is about 290 miles east of the mouth of the Rio Grande and about 270 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It blew winds of 60 mph and moved north at 8 mph.
“The Beta center is expected to slowly approach the Texas coast early next week,” the National Hurricane Center said Saturday morning.
Beta is promoting a storm clock for areas along the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, as well as a tropical storm clock from south Port Aransas, Texas, to the mouth of the Rio Grande and east of High Island, Texas, to Morgan City, Louisiana.
The National Hurricane Center predicts a storm of up to 4 feet. He warned of significant rainfall and flooding off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana starting Sunday through at least the middle of next week.