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Beta spurs hurricane watch for Texas, expected to strengthen

Photo: Florida Storms
Photo: Florida Storms

MIAMI (AP) — A hurricane watch is in effect Saturday for coastal Texas as Tropical Storm Beta gains strength in the Gulf of Mexico.

A storm surge watch and a tropical storm watch are also in effect for the area during an exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season.

Beta is forecast to become a hurricane on Sunday. Forecasters ran out of traditional storm names on Friday, forcing the use of the Greek alphabet.

Teddy remains a powerful hurricane headed toward Bermuda less than a week after Hurricane Paulette was there. And, parts of the Alabama coast and Florida Panhandle are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sally, which roared ashore Wednesday.

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter and fill-in host at WMFE.