Beta Weakens Stall Over Texas Coast

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Beta Weakens Stall Over Texas Coast
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On Tuesday, storm Beta declined to a tropical depression over the Texas coast, which resulted in extensive flooding in Houston and regions further inland leading to flooding. There have been images all over social media regarding the same, showing cars are partly swamped in flooded streets. Late hours of Monday, the tropical storm made landfall north of Port O’Connor, Texas.

Beta Storm took over Texas

By Tuesday morning, as stated by the U.S. National Hurricane Center, the storm moved 15 miles east-northeast of Victoria, Texas, with highest sustained winds of 35 mph. The storm is expected to hinder inland over Texas through September 23.

Amaryllis Cotto, National Weather Service meteorologist, said that both the storm and rainfall are going on and is flooding the inland including Houston and Galveston. Also said 6-12 inches of rain had been observed so far with isolated amounts of up to 18 inches. 

The storm Beta is the ninth storm to make landfall this year in the U.S. which has happened once in 1916, as per Phil Klotzbach, a researcher at Colorado State University hurricane.

Residents of Houston were reassured that this tropical storm would be nothing like Imelda or Hurricane Harvey.

Chief Samuel Pena, Houston Fire stated that so far the department has completed 60 rescues, all were street-level. People from the Texas coast have already evacuated to friend’s houses or into some facility as a precautionary measure.

On September 21, Governor Greg Abbott had already issued a disaster declaration for 29 Texas counties before Beta’s arrival. It is also predicted to pour heavily in Louisiana, who is going to experience another post-Hurricane Laura. Governor John Bel Edwards already declares a state of emergency in Louisiana.

Still, Alabama and Florida are reeling from Hurricane Sally that came last Wednesday, and Hurricane Teddy is on its way to Canada which will make landfall early next Wednesday.