Tropical Storm Beta to Keep Dumping Rain in Louisiana

September 21, 2020 - 7:27 am
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The National Hurricane Center says as Tropical Storm Beta makes landfall in Texas today, the rain will keep flowing over Louisiana.

"On the forecast track, the center of Beta will continue to move toward the central coast of Texas and will likely move inland by tonight. Beta is forecast to remain lose to the coast of southeastern Texas on Tuesday," federal forecasters advised.

Maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph with higher gusts as of this morning.

"Little change in strength is forecast before Beta reaches the Texas coast. Weakening is anticipated once Beta moves inland."

Beta is facing wind shear keeping it from getting better organized.  That same shear is pushing the bulk of the rain over Louisiana.

So far pumps have been able to keep up in Orleans and Jefferson Parish, but training bands at anytime could change that this week... with street flooding possible through Friday under heavy squalls.

RAINFALL:

Through Friday, Beta is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches with isolated totals of 15 inches from the middle Texas coast to southeast Louisiana.

Onshore winds are also pushing water into low lying and coastal areas outside of flood protections.

Flooding is reported in Lower Jefferson, Lower LaFourche, Lower Plaquemines, Lower St. Bernard and outside the levees in New Orleans East.

STORM SURGE:

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, LA to Ocean Springs, MS including Vermilion Bay, Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, and Lake Maurepas...1-3 ft

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