Tropical Storm Watch for Texas coast

Katie Ramirez
July 25, 2020

The hurricane center said tropical storm conditions will begin in the warning areas by tonight or Saturday morning. A turn toward the northwest direction is expected Saturday.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo continues Westward with St Vincent and the Grenadines under Hurricane Watch.

NOAA says Hurricane Douglas could bring 6 to 10 inches of rain, which could lead to flash flooding.

Hall said there will be no impacts from Gonzalo in South Florida.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed Wednesday morning, making it the seventh named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and breaking the record for earliest "G" named storm on record.

Another system to watch: A tropical wave near the west of Africa that is expected to move westward across the Atlantic during the next several days. Models show the system, larger than "tiny" Gonzalo, taking shape early next week, forecasters said.

TD 8 is moving at 8 mph and was about 385 miles east-southeast from Port O'Connor, Texas. As of 5 a.m. EDT Friday, maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour, based on measurements taken by the U.S. Air Force hurricane hunters.

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According to the NHC, the center of the storm is expected to move across the northwestern Gulf of Mexico on Friday and make landfall along the Texas coast on Saturday.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for an area between the mouth of the Rio Grande and San Luis Pass, Texas.

More widely, 3 to 8 inches of rain is expected across a wide swathe of the western Gulf Coast region. The forecast track takes the storm near or over some of the islands this weekend.

"Two of the most reliable models showing both of these storms will probably be gone by next week", King said. This typical summer pattern should linger into the next work week with only slight adjustments in the overall rain chance from day to day. It will shift to a westerly direction Friday night, continuing through the weekend. Sunday odds increase back to 50%.

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is following true to forecasts for a very active season in terms of number of storms, as it is now running ahead of records.

"The lid comes off over in the (Main Development Region) around the Caribbean islands and to the Cape Verde islands near Africa". A strong upper-level trough will move southeastward by midweek, bringing us a chance for storms and potentially milder weather.

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