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Tropical Storm Beta makes landfall in Texas

Tropical Storm Beta made landfall late Monday night, roughly five miles north of Port O'Connor, Texas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The storm hit with maximum winds of 45 mph, and forecasters expect coastal counties will see four to six inches of rain. Over the next few days, Beta will likely move northeast along the Texas coast before weakening into a depression as it arrives in the Houston-Galveston area. Beta is then expected to head into Louisiana.

Beta is the ninth named storm to make landfall in the continental United States this year, tying a record set in 1916, The Associated Press reports. It has been such a busy Atlantic hurricane season that forecasters ran out of traditional storm names last week and had to start using the Greek alphabet, making Beta the first storm named after a Greek letter to ever make landfall in the continental U.S.