Storm Beta triggers hurricane watch off Texas coast

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Storm Beta triggers hurricane watch off Texas coast
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  • Storm Beta continues to gain strength in the Gulf of Mexico as authorities in Texas issued a hurricane watch
  • In the latter part of the National Hurricane Center, Beta was 290 miles east of the Rio Grande
  • The hurricane watch covers the coast of the state, from Port Aransas to High Island, both in Texas

Beta storm. Authorities issued a hurricane watch for the Texas coast late Friday as Tropical Storm Beta continued to gain strength in the Gulf of Mexico during an exceptional hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Beta was 470 kilometers (290 miles) east of the Rio Grande, had maximum sustained winds of 95 km / h (60 mph) and was moving at 13 km / h (8 mph) heading north, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) noted. , for its acronym in English) in a notice.

Forecasters expect the storm to turn into a hurricane on Sunday.

The hurricane watch ranges from Port Aransas to High Island, both in Texas. There is also a storm surge advisory between Port Mansfield, Texas and High Island, and another for a tropical storm from Port Aransas to the mouth of the Rio Grande, and from east High Island to Morgan City, Louisiana.

The forecast points to a storm surge of up to 1.2 meters (4 feet) in parts of the Texas coast that include Baffin Bay, Corpus Christi Bay and Galveston Bay, among others. The storm is expected to include high winds and rainfall, dangerous surf and rip currents.

Meteorologists ran out of traditional alphabet letters to name storms earlier on Friday and turned to Greek for the second time since the 1950s.

Furthermore, Teddy remained a powerful hurricane into early Saturday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 215 km / h (130 mph).

The meteor’s vortex was 1,045 km (650 miles) southeast of Bermuda, less than a week after Hurricane Paulette made landfall on British soil. Authorities activated a tropical storm alert on the island.

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The swells caused by Teddy are expected to be felt in the Greater and Lesser Antilles, in Bahamas Bermuda, before reaching the east coast of the United States.

Parts of the Alabama coast and the Florida Panhandle continued to rebound from the effects of Hurricane Sally that swept through the area Wednesday. The system caused at least two deaths and hundreds of thousands of people were still without power Friday night.

Alpha dissipated on Friday night after pouring rain over Portugal. Tropical Storm Wilfred was still over the sea but is not expected to make landfall.

A day for the history of hurricanes

September 18, 2020 will go down in the history of hurricanes: three tropical storms formed in the same day, one of them in Portugal, on the other side of the Atlantic, a category 4 hurricane in the middle of the ocean and all the names of cyclones from the 2020 covered list.

After a storm closer to the Cape Verde islands than to the Caribbean took over the last name on the list, Wilfred, storms Alpha, in Portugal, and Beta, in the Gulf of Mexico, entered the scene.

The forecasts said that the 2020 hurricane season in the Atlantic basin was going to be very active and they were not wrong.

There are two months and twelve days to go (November 30) and there have already been 23 named storms.

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The rules of the International Meteorological Organization establish that when the names run out, which has only happened once before now, in 2005, the helpful Greek alphabet is used.

The last storm to form today, Beta, is located about 335 miles (545 km) east northeast of Tampico and about 280 miles (450 km) east southeast of the mouth of the Rio Grande or Bravo, the natural border between Mexico and USA

It is moving north-northeast at 9 miles per hour (15 km / h) and has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km / h). On Sunday it can reach hurricane intensity and at the beginning of the week make landfall in northern Mexico or Texas.

Its predecessor, the anomalous subtropical storm Alpha, made landfall in Portugal on Friday with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 km / h) and is moving at 17 miles per hour (28 km / h) in a northeast direction.

The trajectory pattern indicates that it will “sweep” the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) before dissipating on Saturday.

Hurricane Teddy, which remains Category 4 even though its winds have dropped to about 125 miles per hour (205 km / h) with stronger gusts, is moving northwest at about 14 miles per hour (22 km / h). h).

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The NHC has issued a tropical storm watch for Bermuda, the first for Teddy, whose main danger is the storm surge that will reach the northeast of South America and the east coast of the United States.

Finally, Tropical Storm Wilfred, located about 735 miles (1,185 km / h) from Cape Verde and with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km / h), may strengthen overnight, before to weaken on Sunday.

The United States’ National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted that the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season can make history with 25 named storms.

The forecast may fall short: there are only two left for 25.

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