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Updated NHC Advisory: Beta Weakens to a Tropical Depression Over Texas

Updated NHC Advisory: Beta Weakens to a Tropical Depression Over Texas

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Updated NHC Advisory: Beta Weakens to a Tropical Depression Over Texas

September 22, 2020


Beta, now a tropical depression, made landfall yesterday evening on the southern end of the Matagorda Peninsula as a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It has since weakened to a tropical depression with maximum winds of 35 mph. Despite this, the system continues to pose a serious risk of flash flooding and coastal flooding to SE Texas. Bands of heavy rainfall on the east side of Beta's circulation continue to cause widespread street flooding across the greater Houston area. An additional 5-10 inches of rainfall with isolated totals of 15 inches remain expected to occur. Flooding concerns along the coast will be compounded with elevated tides due to persistent onshore winds. The Storm Surge Warning has been replaced with a Coastal Flood Warning along the coast, with impacts expected to continue through mid-week.  

Coastal flooding impacts continue along the coast north of Sargent and around the Galveston Bay area. Remain well away from locally hazardous surge having additional limited impacts.

The center of the depression was located near latitude 28.9 North, longitude 96.7 West. The depression is moving toward the northeast near 2 mph (3 km/h). Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (56 km/h) with higher gusts. 


  • The Tropical Storm Warning has been canceled for Coastal Jackson, Coastal Matagorda, Inland Brazoria, Inland Galveston, Inland Jackson, Inland Matagorda, Matagorda Islands, Southern  Liberty, and Wharton
  • The Storm Surge Warning and Tropical Storm Warning have been cancelled for Brazoria Islands, Chambers, Coastal Brazoria, Coastal Galveston, Coastal Harris, and Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula
For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.

Please follow the National Hurricane Center for the latest information on tropical storms.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Scott Fisher, Sr. VP of Policy & Public Affairs, at or 512-894-0658.

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