Tropical Storm Beta Makes Landfall in Texas, Causes Serious Flooding, Storm Surge

Tropical storm Beta made landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast last night as this year’s ninth named storm to hit land. The last time this many named storms hit the U.S. in a single season was in 1916. Beta crossed the southern end of the Matagorda Peninsula around 10 p.m. with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. 29 counties are under disaster declarations as rainfall generated severe flooding in parts of Houston and League City where at least 20 vehicle evacuations were performed. Life-threatening storm surge warnings remain in effect through today. Now the U.S. is forced to prepare for yet another large storm. Hurricane Teddy, which is currently a category 2, is making its way towards the East Coast with wind speeds reaching 100 mph. Teddy is passing through Bermuda today before skirting along the East Coast. It’s expected to bring dangerous ocean conditions such as life-threatening surf and rip currents throughout the entire week.