Tropical Depression Beta swamps Texas: Houston gets over a foot of rain, roads are under water
Although weakening to a tropical depression, torrential rain and flooding from Beta continued to swamp portions of Texas on Tuesday.
Already, over a foot of rain had fallen in some areas around Houston, leaving roadways flooded and motorists stranded.
Houston officials urged people to avoid traveling Tuesday as many roads were already inundated in the southern and southwestern parts of the city, AccuWeather reported. Multiple high-water rescues were needed Tuesday morning in southern Harris County, which includes Houston, according to local law enforcement.
Dozens of streets were closed by fast-rising water, including parts of Interstate 69 and Interstate 45 and State Highways 288 and 290, Weather.com said.
By mid-morning Tuesday, the center of Beta was 15 miles east-northeast of Victoria, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm was moving toward the northeast at 2 mph and is expected to stall inland over Texas through Wednesday.