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Tropical Storm Beta path: Track the storm here

Lafayette Daily Advertiser

After Tropical Storm Wilfred formed Friday in the eastern Atlantic, Tropical Storm Beta also formed in the western Gulf of Mexico on Friday. The storm could become a hurricane this weekend that could bring storm surge and heavy rains to  southwest Louisiana areas still recovering from Hurricane Laura.

The storm becomes one of the first Greek alphabet names now left for the hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Beta is moving about 9 mph north-northeast away from the coast of Mexico, with strengthening expected through the weekend, the hurricane center says in its latest advisory.

Beta had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was located Friday about 280 miles east of the mouth of the Rio Grande.

All 21 storm names pre-approved for the season by the World Meteorological Organization have been used, so now it's the Greek alphabet - Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon and Zeta.

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