Tropical Storm Beta is moving slowly over Texas, bringing a dangerous storm surge, as much as a foot of rain and sustained 40 mph winds.
The storm will move inland over southeastern Texas through Wednesday, and then over Louisiana and Mississippi Wednesday night through Friday.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded. For the middle and upper Texas coast, additional rainfall of 6 to 12 inches with isolated storm totals up to 20 inches is expected. Significant flash and urban flooding will continue today.
The American Red Cross is preparing to respond if necessary and urges anyone in its path to take these flooding safety steps:
Turn around, don’t drown! Stay off the roads. If you must drive and you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water. Head for higher ground and stay there.
Tune into your local radio, NOAA radio or news channels for the latest updates. If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, prepare to evacuate quickly if necessary. Follow evacuation orders and don’t return until officials say it is safe.
Stay away from floodwaters. Beware of snakes, insects and other animals that may be in or around floodwaters and your home. Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwaters. If power lines are down, don’t step in puddles or standing water.
Download the free Red Cross Emergency app for real-time weather alerts, open shelters and expert advice on floods. The Emergency app includes an “I’m Safe” feature that helps people check on loved ones. Search “American Red Cross” in app stores or go to redcross.org/apps.