Ports closed as Tropical Storm Beta eyes Gulf Coast

Beta is spinning over the western Gulf of Mexico, drifting toward Texas. It will probably make landfall near the San Antonio Bay, Texas, area Monday night.

With prolonged rainfall and storm surge in the forecast, some ports in Texas have already closed. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, these ports are Houston, Freeport, Victoria, Galveston and Texas City. They are under port condition Zulu, which means the ports are closed to all inbound and outbound traffic. Other restrictions regarding loading and unloading of cargo may also apply and are the discretion of the captain of the port (COPT). These restrictions may occur at Louisiana ports later this week.

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