AUSTIN, Texas — As of Tuesday night, Beta is now Post-Tropical Cyclone Beta and the National Hurricane Center has issued its final advisory on this system.
Tropical Storm Beta made landfall near Port O'Connor late Monday night around 10 p.m. The Austin area has recorded some moderate rainfall totals as Beta makes its way on land.
This is the ninth named storm that has made landfall in the continental U.S. this year, which means 2020 is officially tied with the 1916 hurricane season for the most continental U.S. landfalls in a single season.
Beta is the second system named with the Greek alphabet in 2020. This is the second time in history that the Greek alphabet has been used to name tropical systems.
Rain bands from Post-Tropical Cyclone Beta will continue to move onshore with the heaviest of the rain expected across the southeast Texas coast but rain bands will continue to push through Central Texas Tuesday night. The main rain threat will be east of Central Texas Wednesday.
It is no doubt that Central Texas has benefited from the light to moderate rainfall Beta has brought. The rain has been mostly light, allowing for the soil to soak it up rather than creating a runoff that in turn leads to flooding.
Austin saw the first rain from Beta late on Sunday, but it wasn't until Monday that a decent accumulation was recorded.
Rain has been more consistent and heavier southeast of the metro. This is where heavier bands of rain from Beta have set up. Radar is estimating over one foot of rain near the Houston metro with additional rain expected.
As of midnight Tuesday, the highest rain totals in Central Texas have been in Fayette County. An additional two-tenths of an inch of rain has been recorded in Austin Tuesday. It is important to note that these numbers are subject to change since rain chances continue through Wednesday morning.
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