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Beta continues slow trek, bringing rain to several states

A weakened Beta continued its slow trek across several Southern states on Wednesday, bringing rainfall to parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi after having flooded homes and roadways in Texas.

Houston began drying out on Wednesday after some parts of the metro area got nearly 14 inches (35.6 centimeters) of rain over the last three days, according to the National Weather Service. Flooding from heavy rain prompted around 100 water rescues on city roadways. Preliminary reports showed at least 11 structures were flooded in the city limits.

“It’s not nearly as bad as it could have been,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Sawyer Chambers, 7, falls off and inflatable as his brother Josey, 11, rides a kayak as they played on Wandering Trail after Clear Creek overflowed as Tropical Storm Beta rained over the area Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Friendswood, Texas. (Steve GonzalesHouston Chronicle via AP)

By Wednesday morning, Beta was 60 miles (97 kilometers) west of Lake Charles, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (48 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm was moving east-northeast at 9 mph (14 kilometers).

Flash flood warnings were issued Wednesday for parts of Louisiana, where up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain had fallen and up to 4 more inches could fall on top of that, the Weather Service said. The southwestern corner of Louisiana is still recovering after getting pounded by Hurricane Laura last month.

Rainfall of 3 to 5 inches (7 to 12 centimeters) was expected on Wednesday and into early Thursday in parts of Central Mississippi, with some areas possibly getting up to 7 inches (17 centimeters).

Josey Chambers, 11, and his brother Sawyer, 7, make they way on a kayak up Wandering Trail after Clear Creek overflowed as Tropical Storm Beta rained over the area Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Friendswood, Texas. (Steve GonzalesHouston Chronicle via AP)

Beta, which made landfall late Monday as a tropical storm just north of Port O’Connor, Texas, is the first storm named for a Greek letter to make landfall in the continental United States. Forecasters ran out of traditional storm names last week, forcing the use of the Greek alphabet for only the second time since the 1950s.

Beta was the ninth named storm that made landfall in the continental U.S. this year. That tied a record set in 1916, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

Parts of the Alabama coast and Florida Panhandle were still reeling from Hurricane Sally, which roared ashore Sept. 16, causing at least two deaths.

Cars stranded on high flood waters on Houston Ave. exit from Interstate 45 during Tropical Storm Beta Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Houston. Beta has weakened to a tropical depression as it parked itself over the Texas coast, raising concerns of extensive flooding in Houston and areas further inland. (Marie D. De JesusHouston Chronicle via AP)

Meanwhile, Post-Tropical Cyclone Teddy made landfall in Canada on Wednesday morning near Ecum Secum, Nova Scotia, with maximum sustained winds near 65 mph (104 kph). It was located about 150 miles (241 kilometers) northeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, around midday Wednesday, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (96 kph). It was expected to dissipate by Thursday.

Associated Press reporter Jeff Martin in Marietta, Georgia, contributed to this report.

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A Houston Police Water Rescue vehicle mobilizes by a stranded by flood car on Houston Ave., during Tropical Storm Beta, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Houston. Beta has weakened to a tropical depression as it parked itself over the Texas coast, raising concerns of extensive flooding in Houston and areas further inland. (Marie D. De JesusHouston Chronicle via AP)

A home on Kingsmill Road has water up to its windows after the Clear Creek overflowed as Tropical Storm Beta rained over the area Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Friendswood, Texas. Beta has weakened to a tropical depression as it parked itself over the Texas coast, raising concerns of extensive flooding in Houston and areas further inland. (Steve GonzalesHouston Chronicle via AP)

Waves batter the shore in Peggy's Cove, N.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Hurricane Teddy has impacted the Atlantic region as a post-tropical storm, bringing rain, wind and high waves. (Andrew VaughanThe Canadian Press via AP)

Waves batter the shore in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Hurricane Teddy has impacted the Atlantic region as a post-tropical storm, bringing rain, wind and high waves. (Andrew VaughanThe Canadian Press via AP)