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The Latest Data on Tropical Storm Beta

The Latest Data on Beta

A Wary Eye on the Gulf

Last Updated: September 21, 2020 by Lee Roane | Trip Planning


September 21, 2020, 8:00 AM

The City has blocked traffic to downtown.  There is flood water from Harborside Drive to Market Street.  The rock groins along the Seawall all are almost covered by the surf.  All Galveston County public school districts have cancelled Monday classes.  TxDOT is clearing debris from SH 87 on Bolivar Peninsula and recommends not driving on the road.

Strand Cam 9-21-2020
View of The Strand, September 20, 7:57 AM Galveston.com Strand Cam
Surf Cam 9-21-2020
View of Seawall Rock Groin, September 20, 7:58 AM Galveston.com Surf Cam

September 20, 2020, 12:30 PM

Island Transit will not operate its fixed-route services Monday due to inclement weather and street flooding expected from Tropical Storm Beta. Depending on the weather, fixed-route services will resume on Tuesday.  Island Transit will operate Dial-A-Ride services

September 20, 2020, 8:40 AM

The Galveston Ferry tweeted, “We have suspended service due to high tide conditions. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and resume service as quickly as safely possible.”

September 19, 2020, 9:00 PM

The Galveston Ferry is only carrying Bolivar residents from Galveston to Bolivar. All vehicles/ passengers are being allowed to ride from Bolivar to Galveston.

September 19, 2020, 3:45 PM

High Tides can be see flooding the area around the East End Lagoon.  Boddeker Drive has been closed to vehicular traffic.

East End Lagoon as Beta Approaches
View of the East End Lagoon, September 19, 3:45 PM Galveston.com

September 19, 2020, 9:00 AM

City of Galveston Mayor Pro Tem Craig Brown has issued a voluntary evacuation of the West End (west of the Seawall) and low-lying areas of the island in response to the high tides and rainfall expected from Tropical Storm Beta. The voluntary evacuation will go into effect beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020.

There is still a high degree of uncertainty regarding the track and strength of this storm, and residents should be aware changes could occur quickly. The latest National Weather Service forecast shows the storm tracking toward Matagorda Bay and then moving north along the Texas Coast.

Tropical Storm Beta, which will potentially strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane, is forecast to create tides six feet above mean low tide beginning Sunday night and continuing through Thursday, as well as up to 10” of rainfall over several days, according to the National Weather Service. This tide level would create impassable roads, particularly along the West End and low-lying areas.

Given these conditions, the City of Galveston has determined it is in the best interest of residents to issue a voluntary evacuation of the west end and low-lying areas. Additionally, if you do not live or work in Galveston, we urge you to return to your home.

Residents who live in low-lying areas of Galveston that regularly experience flooding during storms may also consider moving to higher areas, particularly if residents have medical conditions with a higher likelihood of requiring emergency services. The City of Galveston makes every attempt to provide emergency assistance during storms, but impassable roads may inhibit our ability to provide service.

Please be aware that elevated tides, particularly during rain storms, will also inhibit drainage, which exacerbates street flooding. The City of Galveston continues its preparation for high tides and rain by running our storm management drainage plans. We encourage residents to properly dispose of any items in their yard that could blow or float into drains, such as tree limbs or yard brush.

Visit the Galveston.com Weather Center here.

Babe's Beach Sept 19
View of Babe’s Beach, September 19, 11:10am Galveston.com

Lee Roane

Lee Roane has worked on the Galveston.com website since 1994. He is interested in history and birding but will write about anything if he thinks it will help someone enjoy the island.

Lee Roane
2020-09-21T08:24:31-05:00

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