How a Pacific hurricane will impact Houston this week

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HOUSTON – Houston is used to keeping an eye on the Atlantic Ocean during hurricane season, but this week the attention will focus on a hurricane from the Pacific Ocean.

Hurricane Willa, a category 3 storm with winds of 125 mph, will make landfall Tuesday night on the west coast of Mexico, just south of Mazatlan. From there, the storm will move northeast and into southern Texas by Wednesday. The remnants of Willa will move across the Houston region starting Wednesday night and be to the east of the area by Thursday.

Most locations can expect to see periods of heavy rain with some thunderstorms possible beginning Wednesday night through Thursday morning.

The heaviest rain will be offshore, but coastal locations could pick up between 3 and 4 inches of rain. The Houston metro area is expecting between 1 and 3 inches of rain.

Meteorologist Britta Merwin said that the threat of flooding in Southeast Texas is low with this system, but she said people should prepare for wet weather and expect sloppy road conditions.

After Willa’s leftovers move east of the area, skies will clear and fall weather will return. Temperatures for the remainder of the week will stay in the mid- to upper 70s for highs and upper 50s and lower 60s for lows.

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