MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG)- Tropical Storm Beta remains a disorganized storm over the west central Gulf of Mexico and has drifted a little to the NNE as it was meandering in the Gulf today. It is expected to start its WNW motion again tomorrow.
Beta is now expected to stay a tropical storm and chances are now decreasing that Beta will become a hurricane. The storm is running into a low moisture/dry environment behind a cold front that is keeping it from strengthening over warm Gulf water. West/west-northwest motion is expected to pick back up Sunday towards Texas. After that, it is expected to make a curve towards the northeast and become a remnant low or tropical depression over western LA and weaken even more over eastern LA.
The National Hurricane Center also has issued Tropical Storm Warnings (blue) and Tropical Storm Watches (yellow) for parts of the Texas and Louisiana coastlines.
The system may begin to spread moisture into the region late next week, which would increase our rain chances, but at this time, no landfall is expected on our part of the Gulf Coast.