Tropical Storm Beta expected to bring rain as early as Sunday

By R. Hans Miller | News Editor
Posted 9/20/20

Harris County is advising residents to prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Beta with rainfall beginning as soon as Sunday evening and full landfall expected by early Tuesday morning. The storm …

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Tropical Storm Beta expected to bring rain as early as Sunday

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Harris County is advising residents to prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Beta with rainfall beginning as soon as Sunday evening and full landfall expected by early Tuesday morning. The storm is expected to bring 6-10 inches of rain for areas south of I-10 and 5-7 inches for the rest of the county. Flooding is possible as a result.

“Based on this forecast, heavy rain and flooding, as well as high tides and storm surge for coastal areas are possible. Residents are urged to closely monitor local media for forecast updates,” a Ready Harris press release said.

Ready Harris is part of the emergency management arm of Harris County government.

The release also indicated that those in coastal areas in and along Galveston Bay should be prepared for high tides and possible storm surges.

The county also provided the following safety tips:

PREPARE YOUR FAMILY

  • Review your family’s emergency plan, including what you will do if you stay or if you evacuate.
    • Remember to take into account that social distancing, regular handwashing and face coverings are still needed for COVID-19.
  • If you live in an evacuation zone (Zip Zone) and will need assistance evacuating for a storm that threatens our region, now is the time to call 2-1-1 or go online to register for assistance.
  • Make sure your disaster kit is fully stocked, with enough supplies for each family member, including pets.
    • Do not forget about special items for babies, elderly and medically fragile family members.
  • Fuel vehicles and generators now.
  • Know where important documents are and take pictures of your property for insurance purposes.


DRIVE SAFELY

  • Give yourself extra braking distance, slow down and make sure your headlights are on during rainy weather.
  • If you must travel never drive into high water and use extreme caution at underpasses and low-lying areas where water accumulates.
  • Always remember to Turn Around, Don’t Drown! DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES.
    • Just two feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

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