September 22, 2020
CNN— Tropical Storm Beta made landfall near the southern tip of the Matagorda Peninsula around 10 p.m. CDT Monday, according to a special update from the National Hurricane Center.
The peninsula is located between Corpus Christi and Galveston along the Gulf of Mexico.
Beta made landfall with sustained winds of 72 km / h. Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for parts of the Texas and Louisiana coasts. The main threat continues to be storm surge and heavy rains.
There is a Texas storm surge warning for Port Aransas to Sabine Pass. Includes Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, Matagorda Bay, and Galveston Bay.
Its slow approach would produce rain over a long period, causing flash flooding, urban and riverine, the NHC said. Nearly 11 million people are under flash flood watch covering all of Texas and Louisiana’s coasts.
Beta is expected to weaken as it moves inland after making landfall, NHC said. Then it is expected to slow down and take a sharp turn to the northeast on Tuesday.
It is expected to remain near the southeast Texas coast on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The storm is forecast to bring rain to the Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana area and the Lower Mississippi Valley and parts of the Southeast later in the week. The governor of Louisiana has already declared a state of emergency. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 29 Texas counties.
Beta is the 23rd named storm of this record-breaking hurricane season. There have been so many named storms this year that the National Hurricane Center ran out of names and has started using letters from the Greek alphabet.