Tropical Storm Beta is now stronger, hurricane and surge watches issued for the Upper Texas Coast

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Hurricane Hunters found a lower pressure and 60 mph winds inside Beta Friday evening. Hurricane and storm surge watches have been issued for our entire coastline.

Forecasters say there's an increasing likelihood that Beta, which is the second Greek alphabet named storm to form today alone, poses a heavy rain threat to southeast Texas. Still, as of 10 p.m., Beta's track is highly uncertain, but coastal flooding from storm surge and inland flooding from heavy rain is looking more likely. The stronger winds might not make to our coast until Tuesday or Wednesday but we'll get the rain and coastal flooding as early as Sunday.

So what's to come from Beta? NHC expects it to strengthen and possibly become a hurricane while it moves slowly over the western Gulf during the next few days.

There is an increasing risk of heavy rainfall and flooding along the northwest Gulf Coast Sunday through at least the middle of next week, as Beta is forecast to move slowly toward and along, or offshore of the coast through that time.

While it is too early to determine what areas could see direct wind and storm surge impacts from Beta, interests throughout the western Gulf should monitor the progress of this system and future updates to the forecast. Storm Surge, Tropical Storm or Hurricane watches could be issued later Friday night or Saturday.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic basin

Meanwhile, Hurricane Teddy continues to spin over the Atlantic. It's no threat to the Gulf, but Teddy could impact Bermuda and then either the New England states and/or the Canadian maritime region along the eastern seaboard.

Wilfred was the lone remaining name on the 2020 Atlantic hurricane list. It was claimed Friday morning by a tropical storm far in the Atlantic.

With the names exhausted, Subtropical Storm Alpha formed just off the coast of Portugal. And then, Beta, a much closer threat to southeast Texas, formed after that.

The only other time storms reverted to the Greek alphabet was in the record-breaking 2005 hurricane season.

We are now in the weeks of peak hurricane activity, so make sure you stay prepared and have your hurricane preparedness plan in place. Hurricane season officially ends on the last day of November, but Texans can usually breathe a sigh of relief by mid-October once the fall cold fronts start pushing through the Lone Star State.

Southeast Texas

Harris County
Galveston County
Montgomery/Walker/San Jacinto/Polk/Grimes Counties
Fort Bend/Wharton/Colorado Counties
Brazoria/Matagorda Counties

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