- Authorities indicated that more than 50 points in the greater Houston area are flooded and impassable
- Slowness of the Beta Pass is expected to worsen conditions for the southeast coast of Texas
- Beta becomes the ninth named storm to make landfall in the U.S.
Floods in Texas. Tropical Storm Beta stopped Tuesday along the Texas coast, flooding streets in Houston and Galveston hours after making landfall amid an unusually busy hurricane season, according to The Associated Press.
The storm made landfall Monday night just north of Port O’Connor, Texas, and has the distinction of being the first time a storm named after a Greek letter made landfall in the United States.
Meteorologists ran out of traditional storm names last week, forcing the use of the Greek alphabet for the second time since the 1950s.
Early Tuesday, Beta was 10 miles (15 kilometers) east-southeast of Victoria, Texas, with maximum winds of 40 mph (64 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm was moving toward the northwest near 3 mph (4 kilometers) and is expected to stop inland over Texas through Wednesday.
“We currently have storm surge and rain right now,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Amaryllis Cotto in Galveston, Texas.
So far, local authorities have reported severe flooding in the city of Houston due to Beta, which made landfall in Matagorda Bay with maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour.
Likewise, the authorities indicated that there are more than 50 points in the Houston metropolitan area that are flooded and cannot be traveled at this time.
Cotto said 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) of rain has fallen in the area, with isolated amounts of up to 18 inches (45 centimeters). Dangerous flash floods are expected through Wednesday, Cotto said.
Beta continues to threaten heavy rains and flooding on the Texas coast, where it remains almost stationary to head to Louisiana and Mississippi this Wednesday through Friday, according to the Efe agency.
Meteorologists from the Miami-based NHC noted that Beta’s rain bands will continue to bring downpours to southeast Texas and cause “major” flood problems.
As Hurricane Teddy threatens Canada with tropical storm conditions, especially heavy rain and winds and “destructive” tidal waves to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.
Teddy, which is 555 kilometers south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour and is heading rapidly northwest at about 44 kilometers per hour.
Teddy’s center will roll over eastern Nova Scotia on Wednesday and then near or over Newfoundland.
For its part, tropical storm Paulette weakens as it moves to the east northeast of the southern Azores islands at 22 kilometers per hour.
The NHC reported that it was about 535 kilometers southeast of the Azores and reduced its maximum sustained winds to 5 kilometers per hour.
With more than two months to go into the hurricane season, 23 named storms have formed so far, lending credence to the “extremely active” 2020 season forecast by the US National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). USA
Forecasts for the 2020 hurricane season, which ends on November 30, represent a record of up to 25, which exceeds the 21 that NOAA predicted for 2005, when Katrina caused the death of more than 1,800 people and damage of about 125,000 million dollars, especially in Louisiana.
NOAA expects between 19 and 25 named tropical storms this year, which means they have winds of 63 kilometers per hour, of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes, with winds of 119 kilometers per hour, with up to 6 very powerful .
Meteorologists and officials assured Texans that Beta was not expected to be another hurricane like Harvey or Tropical Storm Imelda.
Harvey in 2017 dumped more than 50 inches (127 centimeters) of rain on Houston, causing $ 125 billion in damage in Texas. Imelda, which struck southeast Texas last year, was one of the wettest cyclones on record.
Monday, the Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 29 Texas counties prior to Beta’s arrival.
Beta is forecast to dump heavy rain in the southwestern corner of Louisiana three weeks after Hurricane Laura struck the same area.
Rain and storm surge prompted Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to declare a state of emergency.
In Lake Charles, Mayor Nic Hunter was concerned that the Beta rain could delay efforts in his Louisiana community to recover after Laura, which damaged about 95% of the city’s 30,000 structures.
Hunter said the concern about another storm was “an emotional and mental toll on many of our citizens.”
Parts of the Alabama coastline and Florida Panhandle were still reeling from Hurricane Sally, which roared ashore Wednesday, causing at least two deaths.
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