Beta spurs hurricane watch for Texas, expected to strengthen
Added 09-19-20 12:03:01am EST - “A hurricane watch was issued late Friday for coastal Texas as Tropical Storm Beta gains strength in the Gulf of Mexico during an exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season.” - Washingtontimes.com
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MIAMI (AP) - A hurricane watch was issued late Friday for coastal Texas as Tropical Storm Beta gains strength in the Gulf of Mexico during an exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season.
Beta was 305 miles (495 kilometers) east of the mouth of the Rio Grande with maximum sustained winds at 60 mph (95 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. Forecasters said the storm was expected to become a hurricane on Sunday.
The hurricane watch was issued from Port Aransas, Texas, to High Island, Texas. Also in effect were a storm surge watch from Port Mansfield, Texas to High Island; and a tropical storm watch from south of Port Aransas to the mouth of the Rio Grande, and east of High Island to Morgan City, Louisiana.
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Forecasters were predicting up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) of storm surge along parts of the Texas coast. Wind, heavy rainfall and life-threatening surf and rip current conditions were also expected with the storm.
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