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WEATHER UPDATE: Tropical Storm Beta could reach South, Central Texas on Sunday

Austin American-Statesman logo Austin American-Statesman 9/18/2020 Kelsey Bradshaw
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6:30 p.m. update: Rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Beta could reach South and Central Texas as early as Sunday, The National Weather Service said.

Constantine Pashos, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said the system is expected to head toward the lower-middle Texas Coast, which would include cities like Victoria and Corpus Christi, around Sunday.

"Then from Sunday early into middle of next week, it will kind of stay in that area, it might drift a little bit to the north and then toward the northeast," Pashos said.

Pashos said it is yet too early to comment accurately on the severity of the storm and its potential track, but said there is a possibility that the Austin-Travis County area could also get some rainfall.

"Of course it is too early to tell on the exact impacts the Austin area will have, but there is a possibility that if it moves in the same track — or even a little bit further to the west — we could have some gusty winds and maybe some heavy rain with it. Right now it's difficult to tell exactly how much rain," Pashos said.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday announced that the state has placed resources along the Texas gulf coast in preparation of Tropical Storm Beta, including additional search and rescue teams.

Weather service meteorologists on Friday said the storm which has a high likelihood of strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane early Monday, will be the first-ever weather system named with a Greek alphabet letter to hit the Texas Coast.

"It's a little bit earlier in the season now for the Greek alphabet. The last time it was a little bit later," Pashos said.

Friday forecast for Austin: It's finally Friday! The end of the work week will be bright and warm, the National Weather Service said.

Skies will be mostly sunny during the day and temperatures will peak at around 89 degrees, forecasters said.

On Sept. 18 in Austin, the high temperature, on average, is 90 degrees and the low is 69 degrees, according to the weather service. So we're in store for a Goldilocks day: Not hotter than normal, not colder than normal, but just right.

At night, skies will be mostly clear with a low temperature around 66 degrees, forecasters said.

The weekend will be sunny and warm with a chance of rain early next week, depending on how a tropical depression in the western Gulf of Mexico develops, according to the weather service's extended forecast:

Saturday: Sunny with a high near 85. North-northeast winds blowing 5 to 10 mph could have 20 mph gusts. Clear at night with a low around 62.

Sunday: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance of rain after 2 p.m. and a high near 82. North-northeast winds blowing 5 to 10 mph could have 20 mph gusts. Mostly cloudy at night with a 30% chance of rain and a low around 67.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain and a high near 77. North-northeast winds blowing 5 to 10 mph could have 20 mph gusts. Mostly cloudy at night with a 40% chance of rain and a low around 65.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain and a high near 77. Mostly cloudy at night with a 40% chance of rain and a low around 65.

Wednesday: Partly sunny with a 20% chance of rain and a high near 81. Mostly cloudy at night with a 20% chance of rain and a low around 65.

Thursday: Partly sunny with a 20% chance of rain and a high near 82.

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