Story at a glance

  • In the wake of Hurricanes Laura and Sally, the Gulf Coast of the U.S. prepares for Tropical Storm Beta.
  • Gov. Greg Abbott has made a disaster declaration for more than 20 Texas counties.

The storm-soaked Gulf Coast is anticipating more rainfall and winds as Tropical Storm Beta is gradually moving toward Texas and Louisiana.

The Associated Press reports that Beta, the latest tropical disturbance in an unusually active hurricane season, is expected to make landfall late Monday. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) further issued an advisory warning the storm could bring up to 15 inches of rainfall from the middle Texas Coast to southeast Louisiana. 

About 3 to 5 inches of rain are expected to reach north into the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas region and east into the Lower Mississippi Valley until the end of the week. 


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The NHC also warned of the possibility of a “tornado or two” occurring on Monday, near the middle to upper Texas coastline or around Louisiana’s southwestern coast. A storm surge warning is also in effect for the areas between Port Aransas to Sabine Pass, Texas, as well as Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, Matagorda Bay, and Galveston Bay.

Ahead of the major rainfall, gusty winds, and potential floods, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a disaster declaration nearly 30 counties, including Galveston, Harris and Bexar Counties.  

“As Tropical Storm Beta approaches the coast, I urge Texans in the path of the storm to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from flooding, storm surge, and other impacts from this severe weather,” Abbott said in a press release. “The State of Texas is working closely with local officials on the ground to provide the resources our communities need to respond to Tropical Storm Beta and keep residents safe.”

The Gulf shores of Texas and parts of Louisiana, Florida and Alabama were all recently hit by both Hurricanes Laura and Sally, both of which caused casualties and mass destruction. 


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Published on Sep 21, 2020