Tropical Storm Beta soaks Houston; causing street flooding and high water


Tropical Storm Beta is giving Houston a good soaking this morning after making landfall last night.

Landfall took place at about 10 o'clock at the end of the Matagorda Peninsula. Rain is causing some havoc with street flooding around the area. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says we're going to have to be careful if we go out today.

"These bands will come and go. Until this storm makes its turn East and clears our area, we have to be weather alert," Turner told our TV partner Channel 2.

We have a list of high water locations HERE. The coastal counties got hit with storm surge. Amaryllis Cotto at the National Weather Service says it'll be a while before things get back to normal.

"They are going to still see some rain coming through. The heaviest rains, though have been more inland, so that gave them a break," Cotto explained.

Richard Pasch at the National Hurricane Center says the problem right now is that the storm has stalled.

"We expect it to begin to move slowly today. This will keep the center of the cyclone just inland very close to the Texas coast through tomorrow and then move over Louisiana and Mississippi through Friday," Pasch explained.

Among the school districts closed today are Clear Creek, Dickinson, and Galveston. You can check out the entire list HERE.


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