Tropical Storm Beta threatens Texas, Louisiana with flooding

Tropical Storm Beta continued to approach the Texas coast early Monday, threatening to flood parts of Texas and Louisiana.

The slow-moving storm could bring up to a foot of rain to some areas through Thursday, with isolated spots getting up to 20 inches, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters said they expected the storm, with top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, to move ashore Monday night.

Parts of Texas and Louisiana are under tropical storm and storm surge warnings.

Beta is the third named storm in the Gulf of Mexico in less than a month, and the 23rd of this hurricane season.

This is just the second season to exhaust the alphabetical list of storm names set before the season. The first year that happened was 2005, when there were a record 27 named storms.

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