Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Victoria County
Tropical Storm Beta will continue to move toward the Texas coast on Sunday bringing tropical storm force winds and the potential for heavy periods of rain to the Crossroads.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Victoria County for the next 36 hours. Winds are expected to pick up Sunday into Monday, and by Monday morning we could see winds 45 to 55 MPH at times with gusts up to 70 MPH. These conditions will persist through Wednesday morning. Beach access along the coast is now restricted.
Tropical Storm Beta has yet to strengthen into a hurricane. The latest models keep Beta as a tropical storm as it passes along the Texas coast. This could change quickly so keep a close eye on the weather on Monday. Right now Beta is packing 60 MPH maximum sustained winds and not strong enough to be called a hurricane.
Winds will begin to pick up in the Crossroads by Sunday night into Monday morning.
The National Weather Service has also issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Aransas Islands, Calhoun Islands, Coastal Aransas, Coastal Calhoun, Coastal Refugio, Goliad, Inland Calhoun, Inland Refugio, and Victoria. This watch will stay in place until Tuesday evening.Excessive rainfall from Tropical Storm Beta will cause flash flooding over the Mid-Coast and Victoria Crossroads. Rainfall amounts of 5 to 8 inches are expected, with isolated higher amounts between 10 and 15 inches possible. Long term flooding could be possible for the mid-Texas coast. Dangerous storm surge is possible along the immediate coast north of Port Aransas where a Storm Surge Warning has been issued.
For the rest of the weekend scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop and continue through Tuesday. Scattered Thunderstorms will linger Wednesday and Thursday. High Temperatures will be in the 80s over the next several days.
A High Risk of Rip Currents is expected through Sunday and into next week at all gulf facing beaches in the area.