Tropical Storm Beta moves closer to Texas coast; landfall expected tonight

Tropical Storm Beta is getting closer to the Texas coast, with the Houston area preparing for the bulk of Beta's impacts today and tomorrow.

The storm is about 100 miles away from Port O'Connor. It's a mid grade tropical storm with top winds at 50 miles an hour.. but the National Hurricane Center's John Cangialosi says the coastal counties will be under the gun.

"We think there could be some significant surge. In Galveston Bay we are worried about a surge of three to five feet in some locations, Cangialosi said.

Because of that, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry says he expects flood issues today.

"All of the places that would flood in a severe thunderstorm are likely going to flood this time, but for more than just a few minutes," Henry stated.

So what can we expect inside the loop?

"Periods of showers, isolated thunderstorms, and any training that sets up could drop a couple of inches really fast," said Josh Lichter from the National Weather Service in League City.

Schools in HISD, Fort Bend, and Katy ISD's are opening. But the districts are monitoring the weather. Galveston, Clear Creek, and Dicksinson are among the districts that are closed. A complete list is HERE.

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