LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Beta will continue to move slowly to the west and likely make landfall along the Texas Coastline late Monday evening. The storm itself is battling a lot of dry air as well as shear which has spread its effects well away from the center. For that reason we can expect breezy conditions to continue as well as off and on periods of rain through Thursday. Beta is forecast to make a more northeasterly turn as we head into the day Tuesday and slowly begin to pick up speed as it heads towards Southwest Louisiana.
The good news is that it will be a weaker storm, but the biggest concern we have to watch for is the potential for some flooding. Though the risk of widespread heavy rain continues to decrease and i expect most areas to receive 2 to 6 inches of rain now through Thursday. Some isolated spots could see double that amount or more, but these will be limited.
The wind threat doesn’t look to be as bad as it will be a weakening storm, but still gust to 35 mph will be possible and that could be enough to knock down loose limbs and combine that with the saturated ground could bring down a few trees. Bottom line is to continue to follow the KPLC First Alert Weather App for the latest look at radar, but continue to bring the rain gear as you head back to continue cleaning up.
Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton