Tropical Storm Beta predicted to strengthen and hit Gulf Coast next week

Hurricane Teddy track

Hurricane Teddy track

A hurricane and storm surge watch and tropical storm warning continued along the Texas and Louisiana coasts.

When it reaches Canadian waters south of the Maritimes on Tuesday, it will be a category two hurricane, but is expected to be a very unsafe tropical storm as it moves though our region.

An already busy hurricane season has seen forecasters run out of traditional storm names, forcing them to use the Greek alphabet for the second time since the 1950s.

The prior record for the earliest 21st named storm was Wilma on October 8, 2005, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

Tropical Storm Beta is located about 280 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Rio Grande and is moving to the north-northeast at 9 mph (15 km/h).

Slow-moving Tropical Storm Beta is likely to reach hurricane strength as it meanders across the western Gulf of Mexico and Texas coast, bringing heavy rain as far as Louisiana, as well as raking off-shore energy fields with high winds next week.Winds from Beta could hit 80 miles (129 km) per hour by Monday, making it a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale as it nears Corpus Christi, Texas.

A general west to northwest drift is forecast through this weekend.

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Tropical storm forced winds can be felt in south west Louisiana as Sunday evening, but most of Acadiana will be dealing with simply breezy, gust conditions through the rest of the weekend.

There are multiple features AccuWeather meteorologists are monitoring in the Atlantic for possible development in the coming days.

Satellite images of storms forming in the Atlantic Ocean.

Teddy enters the southern marine areas of the Maritimes Tuesday morning, becoming a post-tropical storm as it passes through our region.

Though not the strongest storm to hit the region this year by any means, it has forecasters particularly anxious: Whether it does end up making landfall or not, the storm looks to "hug" the coast in a slow eastward motion.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for Bermuda.

We have officially run out of names for the 2020 hurricane season. "However, the trough is expected to cut off, causing Teddy to turn slightly to the left early next week and approach Atlantic Canada in 4 to 5 days" as a Category 1 hurricane. The Greek alphabet will now be used for additional storms this season.

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