Rescue crews are preparing themselves by conducting practice drills in Corpus Christy, Texas to make sure they are ready for water rescues when tropical storm Beta makes landfall.
Beta (the greek letter) is the new record holder, coming in at the 23rd tropical storm to be named in the Atlantic, taking the place of Alpha which occurred almost 15 years ago.
As of 4pm Sunday, Beta had 60mph sustained winds and was situated about 120 miles south-southeast of Galveston Texas. It is predicted to make landfall sometime late Monday or early Tuesday.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott commented on the situation, saying:
“We are providing water rescue teams across the Gulf Coast to help save lives. Texas is prepared to support communities in the path of the storm.”