School closures and county-wide orders were issued Sunday for parts of the Crossroads as Tropical Storm Beta approaches the coast.

In advance of the storm, a shelter-in-place order for Calhoun County and a voluntary evacuation for Jackson County were issued along with closures for some Crossroads school districts.

At least seven Crossroads school districts announced cancellations for Monday, including those in Victoria, Calhoun and Matagorda counties, Bloomington, Wharton, Boling and Austwell-Tivoli. Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic School in Port Lavaca will be closed Monday, and Trinity Episcopal School in Victoria will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

The University of Houston-Victoria closed its Victoria and Katy campuses Monday.

About 9 p.m. Sunday, City of Victoria officials announced the closure of all city facilities and cancellation of trash and recycling services for a 24-hour period. Victoria County closed all nonemergency facilities Monday.

Tropical Storm Beta is predicted to make landfall near Port O'Connor Monday afternoon as a tropical storm, rather than a hurricane, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A tropical storm warning, in which power outages are possible, is in effect until further notice for Victoria, Goliad, Refugio, Calhoun, Jackson, Wharton and Matagorda counties. Winds of 40 to 50 mph and gusts of up to 60 mph are possible. The maximum sustained wind speed of the storm as of 10 p.m. was 60 mph.

A storm surge warning is in effect for parts of Refugio, Calhoun, Jackson and Matagorda counties. The surge has the potential to raise water 2 to 4 feet above normally dry ground and presents a “dangerous, life-threatening situation,” according to an NWS news release.

Winds will be strongest Monday to Tuesday, said NWS meteorologist Melissa Huffman at a Sunday evening meeting with the Victoria Office of Emergency Management.

A flash flood watch also is in effect through Tuesday night.

Five to 8 inches of rain are predicted for the Crossroads with largest rainfall amounts to the right of the storm’s center. Up to 10 inches of rain is possible in coastal areas.

Geoff Sloan reports on business and breaking news in the Crossroads region. He received his Bachelor's in international relations with minors in journalism and French from Texas State University. Reach him at gsloan@vicad.com or @GeoffroSloan on Twitter.

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Geoff Sloan reports on business and breaking news in the Crossroads region. He received his Bachelor's in international relations with minors in journalism and French from Texas State University. Reach him at gsloan@vicad.com or @GeoffroSloan on Twitter.

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LEONARD SADDLER

Sure am happy this is not a real storm.

Glenn Wilson

Right on, Leonard. For those with lawns and plants, which is most of us, this provides a perfect end of summer pick-up and recovery.

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