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Tropical Storm Beta forms in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted at 5:20 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-20 18:56:30-04

MIAMI — A second tropical system with a Greek alphabet name formed Friday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Little change in strength is forecast during the next couple of days before Beta reaches the Texas coast. Weakening is anticipated once Beta moves inland.

As of Sunday at 5 p.m., the storm has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph with higher gusts and is moving west-northwest at 6 mph.

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Forecasters said the storm will move slowly over the western Gulf of Mexico over the next few days.

It could bring heavy rain and flooding to the northwest Gulf Coast near Texas.

The NHC said it is too early to determine what areas could see direct wind and storm surge from Beta.

Earlier on Friday, Subtropical Storm Alpha formed near the coast of Portugal.

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