AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This weather blog is no longer updating.
Tropical Storm Beta made landfall near Port O'Connor late Monday night around 10 p.m. This is the ninth named storm that has made landfall in the continental U.S. this year, which means 2020 is officially tied with the 1916 hurricane season for the most continental U.S. landfalls in a single season.
Beta is the second system named with the Greek alphabet in 2020. This is the second time in history that the Greek alphabet has been used to name tropical systems.
Beta has weakened to a tropical depression and now has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. The storm is moving northeast at 2 mph. Rain bands will continue to move onshore with the heaviest of the rain expected across the middle Texas coast but rain bands will continue to push through Central Texas Tuesday.
Beta's latest forecast track shows that it's expected to stall along or just inland from the coast during the 12- to 24-hour period. A weak trough to the west will finally help nudge Beta east-northeastward on Tuesday afternoon.
The sharp turn to the northeast keeps the highest rainfall totals southeast of Austin.
The Interstate 35 corridor counties and west can expect less than one inch of rain with locally higher totals. Areas southeast and east of I-35 could see upward of two inches of rain.
The latest Beta track keeps the KVUE viewing area on the left-hand side of the track. This lowers the severe weather threat for Austin and Central Texas. Areas in southeast Texas will have to watch for heavy rain, strong winds and tornadic activity in the next day.
KVUE's viewing area is out of the flash Flood Watch.
Austin weather: How will Beta affect Central Texas?
In Austin and the rest of Central Texas, you can expect:
1. Heavy rain at times, but mostly light, scattered showers. Highest rain totals are southeast of Austin.
2. Wind gusts can be near 20 to 25 mph on Tuesday.
3. Cloud cover and rain keeps temperatures in the 70s on Tuesday.
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