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Beta slowing down, expected to turn west Saturday

The storm is expected to meander in the Gulf of Mexico for several days. The storms track and intensity have a lot of unknowns as it approaches the Texas coast

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TS Beta

Tropical Storm Beta is sitting 270  miles SW of the mouth of the river Saturday morning. Sustained winds are at 60 mph.

Credit: Payton Malone

The storm's movement is north at 8 mph, but is expected to turn more west Saturday as a ridge builds ahead of it. This should keep the storm move slowly towards Texas through the weekend. However, the ridge also means lower wind shear, so the NHC has the storm strengthening into a hurricane by Sunday or Monday. 

This is where the forecast gets tricky. The storms intensity and path are key as it moves close to Texas. By Tuesday a trough will start to move in and turn the storm back to the northeast. This should be a gradual process, but by Wednesday the NHC has Beta moving back NE into the Gulf and along the the Texas coast.

This is not set-in-stone. If Beta moves close enough to Texas and dissipates not much is expected to move back NE toward Louisiana. However, if the storm can stay just offshore and not dissipate it would likely head toward Louisiana by the middle/end of the week. That's why we need to follow this closely.

Regardless the system will bring rain, clouds, breezy winds and cool temperatures through the weekend. Next weeks impacts depend on what it does closer to Texas. Stay tuned! 

ATLANTIC

Invest 98 has become Tropical Storm Wilfred on Friday. This storm will head NW and possibly weaken early next week. It's not currently a threat to the United States, but we'll follow it.

Hurricane Teddy is a major hurricane heading towards Bermuda. The storm should start to weaken as it approaches the island thanks to cooler waters, but could still bring impacts by Monday.

Another tropical wave coming off the coast of Africa has a low chance of development over the next few days. 

 

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