FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Tropical storm Beta made landfall Monday night near the southern part of the Matagorda Peninsula in Texas.
Upon landfall, it had maximum sustained wind speeds of 45 mph.
Beta became the ninth named storm to hit the contiguous United States this year.
The last time nine storms hit the Lower 48 states in a season was in 1916.
Beta weakened as a tropical depression over Texas Tuesday and it continues to move at a snail's pace.
Here are some 48 hour preliminary rainfall totals from #Beta so far. While exact rain amounts have not be verified yet, areas south and east of Houston have generally received 10+ inches of rain so far, and more is on the way. See the @NHC_Atlantic for updates on Beta. pic.twitter.com/378msqxTvP
— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) September 22, 2020
The slow movement of Beta has resulted in flash flood conditions in parts of Texas.
Over the past 48 hours, over a foot of rain has fallen across parts of the Lone Star State.
Beta will continue to move slowly to the east-northeast over Texas through Wednesday before picking up some speed across Louisiana and Mississippi near the end of the week.
We continue to monitor conditions in @GalvCoTx as Beta moves along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Flash flooding remains a serious threat.
— Galveston County OEM (@galvcountyoem) September 22, 2020
For the middle and upper Texas coast, additional rainfall of 5 to 10 inches with isolated storm totals up to 20 inches is expected.
Rainfall totals of 2 to 5 inches are expected east into the Lower Mississippi Valley through the end of the week.
All of this rainfall is adding insult to injury to an already saturated region from hurricanes Laura and Sally.