Beta weakens to tropical despair because it crosses Texas coast | US & Canada
Tropical Storm Beta weakened to a tropical depression as it crawled inland along the Texan coast south of Houston in the US, causing heavy rain, flooding roads and calling for rescue workers to rescue dozens of people.
On Tuesday, the rain flooded the streets in the country’s fourth-largest city, leaving cars stuck in deep water and closing schools, offices, courts and energy shipping ports.
Houston fire chief Samuel Pena said Beta caused more than 60 rescues and evacuations of people during floods. Most of the rescues came from vehicles that had stopped on flooded roads.
“Stay home,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told reporters. “Just stay at home. That will help you and help us. Don’t try to drive through this flood. “
The port of Houston was reopened to shipping on Tuesday lunchtime with some restrictions, the US Coast Guard said.
Beta, which landed north of Port O’Connor as a tropical storm late Monday, is the first storm named after a Greek letter to land in the continental United States.
Forecasters ran out of traditional storm names last week and instead resorted to the Greek alphabet for only the second time since the 1950s.
The center of the storm is currently located approximately 60 km southwest of Galveston, Texas. The winds have dropped to around 45 km / h.
Floods remain the primary concern, particularly in southeast Texas and southern Louisiana.
The National Hurricane Center said rainfall up to 355 mm (14 inches) has been reported so far and some parts could see an additional 100 to 200 mm (4 to 8 inches) of rain over the next few days.
The waves caused by a combination of the beta and cold front over the northern Gulf of Mexico will last into the weekend along the coasts of Louisiana and Texas. These swellings are likely to cause life-threatening floods and currents.
Elsewhere, the maritime provinces of eastern Canada are prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Teddy. Forecasters are following the system that has now been downgraded to a tropical depression.
The storm passed east of Bermuda earlier this week and remains in open waters on a northerly trail towards the province of Nova Scotia that brings heavy rains, high winds and destructive waves.
Current satellite images show Teddy in the North Atlantic, moving near the Canadian coast.