Tropical Storm Beta is continuing to line the Texas coast after making landfall late Monday and will bring rain to Central Texas for the next two days.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday in Austin with wind gusts up to 20 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Rain is expected to be less than an inch. Expect cooler temperatures in the 70s Tuesday before they rise to the 80s on Wednesday.
Rain is expected to linger into Wednesday, but clear skies can be expected for the rest of the week.
The Weather Channel reports the Houston area has received some of the heaviest rain so far with up to 10 inches and is expected to gain another 10 inches by the end of Wednesday.
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The tropical storm is reportedly moving slowly at 3 mph along the coast with winds at 40 mph and is expected to be a tropical depression by Wednesday.
Beta is the ninth tropical storm to make landfall in the U.S. this year. It is the 23rd named tropical storm, making it the second in history to be named according to the Greek alphabet after all 21 alphabetical names were exhausted this season.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."