Hurricane watches have already been issued for Tropical Storm Beta shortly after the storm formed. Where is the storm now, and where is it heading? Read on to see live radar and maps of the storms, along with a map of the projected path.
Live Streams, Trackers & Radars for Beta
This first live radar is from Windy.com. This radar is helpful for tracking the location of Beta. You can press the + button on the right side of the map to zoom in more closely. You can also move the map ahead in time to see where the storm is forecast to be headed.
Note that depending on your browser, you might need to click on the map and drag it to see Beta’s location.
Another live storm tracker, from NowCoast at NOAA.gov, is here.
Accuweather has a storm tracker for Beta here.
KHOU 11 has a live report on Beta below including the storm’s track.
KVUE has live radar of Beta below.
Beta’s Projected Path
Below is a map from the National Hurricane Center showing Beta’s projected path.
The National Hurricane Center noted in its 1 p.m. Central report for September 19 that Beta was at 26.6 N and 92.7 W, about 305 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas and about 245 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The maximum sustained winds were 60 mph (the same as the 1 a.m. update) and the movement was west or 270 degrees at 2 mph. The minimum central pressure was 994 mb or 29.36 inches.
A hurricane watch has already been issued for the storm, extending from Port Aransas, Texas to High Island, Texas. A tropical storm watch is in effect south of Port Aransas, Texas to the mouth of the Rio Grande, and east of Intracoastal City, Louisiana to Morgan City, Louisiana. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Port Aransas to Intracoastal City, Louisiana.
There’s also a storm surge watch in effect for Port Mansfield, Texas to Cameron, Louisiana. This includes Baffin Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, Matagorda Bay, Galveston Bay, Sabine Lake, and Calcasieu Lake.
The National Hurricane Center noted:
At 100 PM CDT (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Beta was located near latitude 26.6 North, longitude 92.7 West. Beta is moving toward the west near 2 mph (3 km/h), and a slow motion toward the west should continue into Sunday. A slow northwestward motion is forecast to begin late Sunday or Sunday night and continue through late Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Beta will slowly approach the Texas coast into early next week.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected today. After that, slow strengthening is forecast, and Beta is expected to be at or near hurricane strength Sunday night or Monday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km) from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb (29.36 inches).
NHC noted that a storm surge was a danger and could be two to four feet in certain areas, including “Port Mansfield, TX to Cameron, LA including Baffin Bay, Corpus
Christi Bay, Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, Matagorda Bay, Galveston Bay, Sabine Lake, and Calcasieu Lake.”
Tropical storm winds may be felt by late Sunday or Sunday night, with hurricane conditions possible in the watch area by late Monday or Monday night.
Beta also has an increasing risk of heavy rainfall and flooding “along the western Gulf Coast” that could last today through Tuesday.