Tropical Storm Beta was dumping heavy rains over Texas as it churned its way inland overnight, bringing the risk of "life-threatening storm surge" and flooding to parts of the state and Louisiana.
What's happening: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made a disaster declaration and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency, as the states began feeling the impact of the slow-moving storm — which was causing coastal flooding along the bays including those near Houston and Galveston in Texas Monday, per the National Weather Service.
Found it!— Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) September 21, 2020
Few miles away from popular @61streetpier we found portion that broke off last night due to rough surf caused by #TSBeta here on @GalvestonIsland beach.
Owner says pier was already damaged, so they purposefully cut end to prevent further damage. #khou11 #htownrush pic.twitter.com/vMGOg0X4PW
- The 61st Street Fishing Pier in Galveston, Texas, broke off in high waves as the storm slowly approached over the weekend, the NWS noted.
The big picture: Beta is the 23rd storm this hurricane season and threatens a coastal region already ravaged by former hurricanes Laura and Sally in recent weeks. It made landfall in southeastern Texas late Monday.
- Almost 9,000 people were without power Monday in southwest Louisiana, near the Texas border. They'd been without power since Laura struck last month, NPR notes.