The National Hurricane Center said Sundaymoves a little faster to the central coast of Texas. The slow-moving storm is expected to cause prolonged rainfall from mid-Texas to central Louisiana, with a storm warning in effect from Corpus Christi, Texas, to the Rockefeller Forest Fire Sanctuary in Louisiana, east of the lake. Charles.
The storm is expected to approach the coast of Texas on Monday.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday that the state is preparing to respond and help communities with potential flooding and heavy rainfall, CBS affiliate Austin KEYE said.
“As Tropical Storm Beta approaches, I urge all Texans in the Gulf region to heed the advice of local officials and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones from trouble,”
The biggest threat from beta is water, with the National Hurricane Center warning that floods are likely to occur in urban areas and rivers. Rain from Beta’s outer strips has already begun in parts of central Texas, including Houston and Galveston. The storm could bring 10-12 inches of rain to areas off the coast of Texas, including Galveston. In some areas it can rain up to 20 inches.
A storm of up to 5 feet can strike from the San Luis Pass, Texas, to the Sabine Pass, Texas, which includes Galveston Bay.
Tropical storm conditions are occurring on the southwest coast of Louisiana and will spread west to the warning zones in Texas on Sunday to early Monday, the National Hurricane Center said.
At 8 p.m. on Sunday, Beta had maximum strong winds of 60 mph and was located about 195 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Port Aransas, Texas, to Morgan City, Louisiana.
It was an unusually active hurricane season, with Beta being the 23rd declared storm of the season. On Friday, Subtropical Storm Alpha came to life off the coast of Portugal just after the 21st storm of the season, Tropical Storm Wilfred, formed earlier in the day – using the last of the traditional names. Then, a few hours later, the Beta formed in the Persian Gulf. This is only the second time in the history of the Atlantic that three named systems have formed in one day.
Sarah Lynch Baldwin and Jeff Berardeli contributed to this report.