- Sam strengthens into a hurricane, watching two other areas
- Sam strengthens into a hurricane, watching three other areas
- Hurricane Sam expected to rapidly intensify into major hurricane this weekend
- Hurricane Sam forms, too early to determine if it will impact US
- Carolina Hurricanes start training camp with a lot of new faces
So far the Houston area and the Texas Gulf Coast has managed to get through this hurricane season without a major storm coming close to us. That doesn’t mean though we shouldn’t keep a watchful eye on what’s brewing in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Last week the weather community watched as Hurricane Florence flourished into the wet and destructive storm battering the Carolinas and it appears that Mother Nature has a handful of storms developing behind it.
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Luckily not every minor disturbance will turn into something to be fearful of as we saw this week as Invest 95L petered out after giving some Texans on the coast a reason to rethink weekend plans.
Houston and Galveston will still have a soggy weekend, especially Saturday. On Friday Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for Harris and other Texas counties due to the approaching storm which has already caused problematic flooding in the Galveston area. There were some reports of as much two feet of water on some roadways.
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This is the current five-day outlook dated Friday morning from the National Hurricane Center with Joyce and Helene floundering in the Atlantic.
Tropical Depression Isaac has entered the Caribbean, but that storm appears to have little strength to it as it moves westward and offshore. The question now is whether Isaac will muster up strength and make its way into the Gulf of Mexico. That remains to be seen. It’s still very early.
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Right now out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean there are two tropical storms, Joyce and Helene, currently churning with neither posing an imminent threat to the mainland United States. Joyce and Helene are forecast to turn eastward and away from the U.S.
The yellow ‘X’ can be seen on the Texas Gulf Coast, bringing wet weather to the state over the next few days.
During lulls like this for the Gulf Coast its a great time to prepare for whatever could be brewing and to send good vibes to our friends in the Carolina that are dealing with the brunt of Florence. That storm will likely stick around the east coast for the days to come.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends on Nov. 30, 2018.