Beta has been found weaker and is now a tropical depression. Maximum sustained winds are at 30 mph. Beta made landfall as a tropical storms along the central coast of Texas early Tuesday morning.
Louisiana will continue to see effects through late this week. The main threats to the Baton Rouge metro are gusty winds and heavy rain, which could result in flash flooding. Coastal flooding will be a concern.
At this moment, no alerts are in place for East Baton Rouge parish, but watches and warnings are in effect for other locations surrounding the parish.
Coastal Flood Warnings and Coastal Flood Advisories are in place for coastal areas, an inundation will likely occur during high tide periods..
Rain is also a concern for the Baton Rouge metro, especially since grounds are already saturated. Wednesday will hold the best chance for showers, including some heavy rain. As we head into the weekend, rain chances will gradually lower.
The Weather Prediction Center has already estimated that most of Louisiana could see between one and four inches of rain over the next three days, but totals could be higher. The highest amounts will be to our north and near the Beta’s center and where rain bands fall.
Flash flooding will be another concern and power outages are possible. Almost all of southern Louisiana is under a Flash Flood Watch through Wednesday evening. Our National Weather Service office estimates between two and four inches of rain with locally higher amounts.
The name Beta was last used in late October in 2005. The record-breaking year 2005 had 27 named storms. We are currently well ahead of that schedule. The next name on the list is Gamma, the third letter of Greek alphabet.
Otherwise, it is still very busy in the tropics. There are two named storms and one disturbance. One of these storms is Paulette, which has regenerated into a tropical storm.
Always have a game plan, and be ready to act. Be sure to follow along for updates. Your StormTracker team will be here to guide you through the rest of hurricane season.