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Beta downgraded from tropical storm as it dumps more rain on already soaked Texas

September 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Flash flood watches are affecting nearly 11 million people along the coasts of Texas and Louisiana as Beta, now downgraded to a tropical depression, moves slowly inland, dumping more rain on an already saturated region.

(CNN)Flash flood watches are affecting nearly 11 million people along the coasts of Texas and Louisiana as Beta, now downgraded to a tropical depression, moves slowly inland, dumping more rain on an already saturated region.

Beta moved inland from the Gulf of Mexico producing heavy pockets of rain over parts of Houston.

The storm has already dropped up to a foot of rain in some areas and more is on the way Tuesday.

The storm was producing 35 mph winds Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center, and was centered around 15 miles from Victoria, Texas.

Beta's slow speed is not producing widespread rain, but pockets of heavy rainfall -- which are leading to flash flood conditions as it stalls over Texas.

In Jamaica Beach, Texas, Ann Williams was driving to check her rental property, when she was met by severely flooded streets due to Tropical Storm Beta's storm surge.

"We have seen the water high before with storms, but not like this," she told CNN.

A family in southwest Houston near Keegans Bayou was seen leaving a nearby restaurant, wading through the water to higher ground after a waiter had warned them that the flood waters were rising, according to CNN affiliate KTRK.

The storm is expected to pick up speed and should be out of Texas Wednesday night and into Louisiana and then Mississippi through Friday.

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