Tropics update: Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from San Luis Pass to Port Mansfield

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Tropical Depression Eight, expected to become Tropical Storm Hanna, is in the Gulf of Mexico and will bring heavy rain to Texas.

HOUSTON — KHOU and the National Hurricane Center are tracking two tropical systems, one of which that could affect Houston-area weather. Tropical Depression Eight is in the Gulf and is headed for the Texas coast. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gonzalo is picking up steam in the Atlantic.

Get the updates on each below.

Tropical Depression Eight

This is our primary concern along the Texas coast right now as it is expected to bring several inches of rain. A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect from San Luis Pass to Port Mansfield. That means tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 36 hours.  

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As of the 4 p.m. update, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. It was traveling to the west-northwest at 8 miles per hour.  Upper-level wind patterns are sending the system towards Texas. It will bring an increased rain threat to Southeast Texas on Friday and Saturday.

The storm is projected to make landfall further down the Texas Coast just south of Corpus Christi. 

We are not anticipating for it to stall over Texas which would have been troublesome. It will not be as much of a wind threat here in Houston. More of a rain threat but that has started to diminish.

We’ll see some additional tropical moisture (rain) come our way across the Houston area, which means more robust and heavier downpours. The timing is from Friday to Sunday. We could see rough waves, gusty winds and torrential rain, bringing with it rain between 1 and 4 inches and localized flooding.

Even though we are out of the “cone of uncertainty,” our 7-day forecast shows plenty of rain for the Houston area, much of it due to this tropical system:

Tropical Storm Gonzalo in Atlantic

The second area that we are tracking is still in the open Atlantic but quickly gaining strength and organization. It became tropical depression seven Tuesday and was upgraded tropical storm status Wednesday.

Satellite data indicated that Tropical Storm Gonzalo had 60 mph winds as of Thursday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center. It’s moving west at 13 miles per hour.

It’s still to soon to determine where Gonzalo might head and what impacts it could have in the U.S., if any. Its forecast track has it located south of Cuba by early Tuesday morning.

Some long-range models do take the system towards the Gulf but it’s still too early to know if that’ll occur.

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