Tropical storm Beta moves toward Texas and Louisiana

Tropical storm Beta was moving through the Gulf of Mexico at low speed on Sunday towards the coasts of Texas and Louisiana The system thr...

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  • Tropical storm Beta was moving through the Gulf of Mexico at low speed on Sunday towards the coasts of Texas and Louisiana
  • The system threatens with showers, floods and storm surge
  • Authorities in Galveston County, Texas, issued voluntary eviction orders

Tropical Storm Beta was moving slowly toward the coasts of Texas and Louisiana on Sunday, threatening downpours, floods and storm surge off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Beta was one of three named storms in the Atlantic basin during an especially busy hurricane season. If the system makes landfall in Texas – something forecasters expect around Monday – it would be the ninth named storm to make landfall in the United States in 2020. That would break a record set in 1916, according to Colorado State hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

Coastal communities began preparing for Beta over the weekend, with voluntary evacuation orders in the City of Galveston and Galveston County and the City of Seabrook.

Provisional Mayor Craig Brown said in a statement that high surf and up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain were expected to flood several stretches of highway, rendering them impassable, especially in the west of the city and low-lying areas.

During a news conference Saturday, County Judge Mark Henry said he was concerned that the storm would lead to more flooding while a mandatory evacuation order is not expected to be issued.

“If they can survive in their homes for three or four days without electricity, which we’re not even sure is going to happen, then they are fine,” Henry said. “If it’s uncomfortable or they need life support equipment, maybe they should go elsewhere.”

Beta was moving through the Gulf of Mexico, 355 kilometers (205 miles) southeast of Galveston, Texas, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday morning. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers (60 miles) per hour and was moving west-northwest at 6 km / h (3 mph).

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Little change in the strength of the storm was expected as it moved toward Texas. Previous predictions indicated that Beta could reach hurricane strength before making landfall.

There was a tropical storm watch from Port Aransas, Texas, to Morgan City, Louisiana.

In Lake Charles, Louisiana, where thousands of people are still without power more than three weeks after Hurricane Laura hit the coast, authorities feared that Beta could cause new showers in the region. Up to 15 centimeters (20 inches) of rain was expected to fall in parts of the area, Donald Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, said in a report.

An exceptionally active hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday prompted populations along the Texas coasts to prepare for a tropical storm that could take on hurricane strength before making landfall next week.

Both the City of Galveston and Galveston County issued voluntary eviction orders Saturday ahead of Tropical Storm Beta, as did the city of Seabrook north of Galveston.

Provisional Mayor Craig Brown said in a statement that high waves and up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain are expected to flood several stretches of highway, leaving them impassable, especially in the west of the city and low areas.

Filed Under: Tropical Storm Beta

During a news conference Saturday, County Judge Mark Henry said he was concerned that the storm would lead to more flooding while a mandatory evacuation order is not expected to be issued.

“If they can survive in their homes for three or four days without electricity, which we’re not even sure is going to happen, then they are fine,” Henry said. “If it’s uncomfortable or they need life support equipment, maybe they should go elsewhere.”

Beta was moving through the Gulf of Mexico, 355 kilometers (205 miles) southeast of Galveston, Texas, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday morning. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers (60 miles) per hour and was moving west-northwest at 6 km / h (3 mph).

Little change in the strength of the storm was expected as it moved toward Texas. Previous predictions indicated that Beta could reach hurricane strength before making landfall.

There was a tropical storm watch from Port Aransas, Texas, to Morgan City, Louisiana.

In Lake Charles, Louisiana, where thousands of people are still without power more than three weeks after Hurricane Laura hit the coast, authorities feared that Beta could cause new showers in the region. Up to 15 centimeters (20 inches) of rain was expected to fall in parts of the area, Donald Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, said in a report.

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