As Tropical Storm Beta moves closer our focus is on the local rainfall forecast over the next three days, especially once Beta moves into Louisiana. It is too early to know what exact totals might be on the Northshore but we are already getting water backing up in low lying areas and roads. Along the state’s coastline and the tidal lakes persistent and prolonged easterly winds will push water levels up and keep them elevated. While wind-driven flooding won’t produce excessive rises, water levels are likely to remain above normal for two to three days, at least. The heaviest rains are likely to develop Tuesday, Wednesday, and into Thursday, too. Confidence is not especially high with the rainfall forecast at this point.