Texas governor issues disaster declaration in response to Tropical Storm Beta

Flood waters wash over a road near Matagorda Beach as Tropical Storm Beta approaches the Texas coast. (KXAN photo/Todd Bailey)
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Governor of Texas Greg Abbott on Monday issued a disaster declaration for the state’s 29 counties in response to Tropical Storm Beta as it draws closer to the Gulf Coast.

Expected to make landfall Monday evening, Beta has already caused storm surge and damaging winds in the Texas coastal area. According to the forecast, it has the potential to cause widespread flooding as it continues to approach the Texas Coast.

“As Tropical Storm Beta approaches the coast, I urge Texans in the path of the storm to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from flooding, storm surge, and other impacts from this severe weather,” said Abbott.

“The State of Texas is working closely with local officials on the ground to provide the resources our communities need to respond to Tropical Storm Beta and keep residents safe,” he added.

On Monday, more than a dozen school districts in southeast Texas announced closure as Beta continues to push seawater and bands of rain toward the region.

In Texas’ coastal town of Seabrook, local media reported, storm surge has caused flooding in some roads and communities. A disaster declaration has been signed by the local authority.

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