Could Tropical Storm Bonnie bring rain to South Texas? Here's the forecast for the July 4th weekend

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The potential tropical cyclone moving across the Caribbean Sea has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Bonnie and is expected to make landfall in South America.

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Tropical Storm Bonnie, the first named system of the season, will likely make landfall Friday night causing heavy rains, flash flooding and mudslides in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Bonnie is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday morning.

The NHC continues to monitor a disturbance near the Windward Islands, though it’s unlikely to strengthen over the weekend.

Excessive rainfall is expected from the upper Texas coast to the central Gulf Coast, according to the National Weather Service. An area of low pressure along the Gulf Coast could result in flash flooding, but the heaviest rain will be north and east of the system.

The days before the July 4th holiday will likely be rainy before clearing up on Monday. Highs in the area will range from 90 to 105 in the west, with heat indices around 105-109, according to the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi.

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