As tropical rainstorm Beta makes its way toward Avoyelles, the parish has been placed under a tornado watch and flash flood warning -- both set to expire at 10 p.m.
Although only a "tropical rainstorm," Beta dumped up to 15 inches of rain on the Houston area over a three-day period as it seemed to almost hover off the Texas coast.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning in this area until 2:15 p.m.
There have been reports that at least two rural Avoyelles Parish churches have been identified as possible hotspots of COVID infection.
Gulf storm Beta is still about 40 mile from Galveston as a tropical rainstorm with 29 mph winds.