After the storm makes landfall along the Texas coast, it is forecast to head northeast across the Texas coastline into Louisiana.
Voluntary evacuations have been issued for several parts of Galveston County, including for residents west of the Galveston Seawall and Jamaica Beach, “which has already experienced some pretty significant flooding,” Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said at a briefing Sunday.
“Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions,” NHC said. “Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.”
The storm could also create tornadoes near the middle-to-upper Texas coast or the southwestern Louisiana coast, NHC said.
Officials and residents prepare for the storm
“As Tropical Storm Beta approaches, I call on all Texans in the Gulf Coast region to heed the advice of local officials and take the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones out of harm’s way,” Abbott said in a news release issued Sunday.
“The State of Texas is prepared to support communities in the path of the storm, where substantial amounts of rainfall and flash flooding are a significant threat. We will continue to closely monitor the storm and work collaboratively with officials to ensure our fellow Texans are safe,” Abbott said.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards also urged residents to get ready for the storm.
“We understand that the threat of severe weather is even more of a risk in some areas at this time. We have started communication with our local partners as the storm approaches the state,” he added.
Historically active hurricane season
Beta is the 23rd storm to be named in the 2020 Atlantic storm season. The average hurricane season produces 12 storms.
In 2005, the hurricane center had to use six letters of the Greek alphabet for a record number of storms.
The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30.
CNN’s Kelly Murray, Allison Chinchar, Haley Brink, Melissa Alonso, Raja Razek and Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.