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Tropical Depression 22 continues to strengthen and currently has winds at 35 mph. We’ll want to watch its forecast track closely through the weekend.
The system became Tropical Depression 22 Thursday evening and continues to strengthen, although its forecast track remains uncertain. It is now expected to possibly become a Category 1 hurricane over the next few days.
As of the 4 a.m. Friday update from the National Hurricane Center, TD #22 had 35 mph winds and was moving north-northeast at 6 mph:
1. Tropical Depression Twenty-Two is expected to strengthen to a tropical storm, and possibly a hurricane, while moving slowly over the western Gulf of Mexico during the next few days.
2. While it is too early to determine what areas could see direct wind, storm surge, and rainfall impacts from this system, interests throughout the western Gulf of Mexico should monitor the progress of this system and future updates to the forecast.
Watch Meteorologist Blake Mathew’s 8 a.m. update:
In Houston, we can’t say for sure what this tropical disturbance means for our local forecast. You will see in the forecast images below the European spaghetti models bring heavy rainfall to the Southeast Texas coast early next week, but these models will continue to change. We’ll want to watch this closely through the weekend.
The Houston area and Southeast Texas are expected to get a “cool front” on Friday that should help steer away any tropical development. (About that cool front: it will still be warm this weekend, but Houston’s weather will feel much nicer thanks to lower humidity. View Houston’s forecast here.)
Tropical Depression 22 forecast cone
Tropical Depression 22 spaghetti models
Gulf Coast rainfall forecast (Euro model)
4 a.m. Friday update from the National Hurricane Center:
SLOW MOVING DEPRESSION FORECAST TO BECOME A TROPICAL STORM LATER
TODAY…SUMMARY OF 400 AM CDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 245 MI…400 KM ENE OF TAMPICO MEXICO
ABOUT 285 MI…460 KM SE OF MOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…35 MPH…55 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNE OR 25 DEGREES AT 6 MPH…9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1005 MB…29.68 INCHES
Interests along the western Gulf of Mexico coast should monitor the progress of the depression.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 400 AM CDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Twenty-Two was located near latitude 22.9 North, longitude 94.1 West. The depression is moving toward the north-northeast near 6 mph (9 km/h), and this general motion is expected through early Saturday. A slow westward motion is forecast to begin late Saturday that will likely continue into early next week.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today. The system could be near or at hurricane strength by Sunday. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
SURF: Swells are expected to increase and reach the coast of Texas and the Gulf coast of Mexico over the weekend, generated by a combination of the depression and a cold front entering the northern Gulf of Mexico. These swells are likely to cause ife-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.
If any other storms develop, which is very likely, we would then have to use the Greek alphabet for only the second time in recorded history; the first time being 2005.
A lot of tropical development in the Atlantic right now
There is plenty to track and name out there right now, but the system in the Gulf is the only one we have any concerns about in Texas right now.
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Sally, located inland over southeastern Alabama, on Hurricane Teddy, located over the central tropical Atlantic, and on Tropical Storm Vicky, located over the eastern tropical Atlantic:
Be prepared if tropical weather does come our way
BEFORE THE STORM
- Make a home inventory
- Have a current copy of your declarations page that has your policy number and your agent’s number
- Review your policy with your insurance agent to determine if you have adequate coverage
- Repair loose boards, shingles, shutters and downspouts to prevent them from becoming an issue in high winds or torrential rain
- Have an evacuation plan, and include plans for your pets
- Make sure your emergency equipment is in working order, including a battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries. Also, make sure to gather all medicine, replenish your first-aid kit and stock a week’s worth of non-perishable food and water
- Charge your cell phone and fill your car with gas
- Program all emergency phone numbers
DURING THE STORM
- If you are advised to evacuate, leave as soon as possible. Retain all related receipts – they may be considered in your claim. If you aren’t in a recommended evacuation and you plant to stay home, stay informed by listening to weather alerts
- Keep windows and doors closed at all time, and, if possible, board them up with wooden or metal shutters
- Stay away from the windows and in the center of the room, or, stay in an interior room
- Avoid flood water, as it may be electrically charged from downed power lines
- Check on family members and friends
AFTER THE STORM
- Check to be sure your family members are safe
- If you did evacuate, wait for official notice that it is safe to re-enter your neighborhood and your house
- Document damaged property, and take photos and videos. Don’t dispose of any damaged items without approval
- Keep a record of any temporary repairs or expenses to prevent further damage to your property