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Beta which Made Flooding in Houston Weakens to Tropical Depression over Texas; NASA Unveils the Image of Strongest Areas of Beta

Tropical storm Beta has now weakened to a  tropical depression over Texas and heavy rains expected to continue over portions of the Middle and upper Texas Coast, National Hurricane Center updates.

Storm Beta made landfall in Texas late Monday night and is bringing heavy rain to parts of the Texas coast on Tuesday morning. Beta made landfall between Corpus Christi and Galveston, Texas Monday night with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

The rain bands around TS Beta continue  generate moderate to heavy rainfall rates of up to 0.5 to 1 inches per hour over parts of Lavaca, Fayette, Lee and Gonzales counties. No impacts so far but run-off issues will be possible later today, according to NWS latest updates.

NASA’s Aqua satellite analyzed Tropical Storm Beta in infrared imagery to determine where the strongest parts of the storm were located.

Early Tuesday, Beta was 35 miles north-northwest of the city with maximum winds of 40 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm was moving toward the northwest at 3 mph and was expected to stall inland over Texas.

The storm is expected to move inland over southeastern Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday, then over Louisiana and Mississippi on Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday.

Due to Tropical Storm Beta, the RRC’s Houston office is closed through Wednesday, September 23. We anticipate the office will re-open on Thursday, September 24, at 8 a.m, the Railroad Commission of Texas informed.

Beta was the ninth named storm that made landfall in the continental U.S. this year. Beta could dump 6 to 12 inches of rain on the middle and upper Texas coast, with some areas seeing isolated amounts of 20 inches.

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