Forecasters have stopped monitoring a small disturbance that formed over South Florida over the weekend. Tropical Depression Beta, Hurricane Teddy and yes, Tropical Storm Paulette are still out there.
Paulette formed again late Monday southeast of the Azores, an island archipelago in the mid-Atlantic, though the storm’s tropical storm status is forecast to be short-lived.
As of the 8 p.m. Tuesday National Hurricane Center advisory, the disturbance that formed over South Florida on the weekend was no longer being tracked. It was forecast to head south to soak Cuba through Wednesday before making a U-turn and bringing soggy conditions back to South Florida on Thursday.
Elsewhere, Beta is continuing to douse the middle Texas coast to southern Louisiana with rain. Beta made landfall near the southern end of the Matagorda Peninsula in Texas late Monday night.
Forecasters are also continuing to watch Hurricane Teddy as it moves toward Canada. The storm’s large swells can be felt along the east coast of the United States and will likely cause dangerous surf and rip current conditions, according to the hurricane center.
Here’s what to know:
Beta’s rains could soak hurricane-hit regions
Beta weakened from a tropical storm into a tropical depression Tuesday morning as it continued to dump heavy rain on the Texas coast.
Beta has been a rainmaker, with some of the heaviest rainfall, between 6 to 10 inches of rain, reported in southern parts of the Houston metro area in the past 24 hours, according to the Weather Channel.
As of the 2 p.m advisory, Beta’s rains were estimated to douse all of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and even the tip of the Florida Panhandle. The extra 2 to 4 inches of rain across the region could be a nightmare for the thousands of people living in tents or displaced from their homes after Hurricanes Laura and Sally.
And the heavy rain is expected to continue, with the middle and upper Texas coast forecast to see an additional rainfall of 6 to 12 inches, with significant flash and urban flooding continuing through Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
“Storm surge flooding will continue throughout the morning, around the times of high tide along portions of the Texas coast within the storm surge warning areas. Residents in these areas should continue to follow advice of local officials,” forecasters wrote.
As of the 2 p.m. advisory, Beta had moved farther inland and was expected to drift northeast before dissolving over Louisiana on Thursday.
Paulette’s brief revival
Tropical Storm Paulette formed again late Monday southeast of the Azores and was on track to head east through Thursday before looping west, although forecasters doubted Paulette could survive that long.
As of the 8 p.m. update, Paulette’s maximum winds were at 40 mph with more weakening expected.
“...The small cyclone should become a remnant low on Wednesday and dissipate by Friday or Saturday when the shallow system will be moving westward into westerly mid-level shear,” forecasters wrote.
Where is Hurricane Teddy going?
Teddy, a Category 2 hurricane, could bring destructive waves, wind and rain to eastern Nova Scotia through Wednesday, and the hurricane center warned that regions far from the storm’s center should be prepared for impacts.
“Although further weakening is likely tonight and Wednesday, Teddy should be a strong post-tropical cyclone when it moves near and over Nova Scotia,” forecasters wrote.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds lowered to 85 mph with higher gusts, as of the 8 p.m. update. Forecasters predict Teddy will be at or near hurricane-level strength by the time it moves near and over Nova Scotia, increasing the risk of direct impacts from wind, rain and storm surge, according to the hurricane center.
Tropical storm watches and warnings are in effect for portions of Nova Scotia, and heavy rainfall is expected across Atlantic Canada between Tuesday and Thursday.
Teddy’s large swells are expected to affect portions of Bermuda, the Leeward Islands, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, the east coast of the United States, and Atlantic Canada during the next few days and may possibly cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, according to the hurricane center.
Miami Herald staff writer Carli Teproff contributed to this report.