Tropical Storm Warnings Issued For Texas

T​ropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of the Texas and Mexico coasts ahead of a disturbance in the southwest Gulf of Mexico that is likely to become a tropical storm before tracking into Mexico. Flooding rain, coastal flooding, rip currents and high surf will affect much of the western Gulf coast, from Texas to Mexico.

Here’s where this system is located now and where it’s headed: This system has been dubbed Potential Tropical Cyclone One by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). This naming procedure allows the NHC to issue advisories, watches and warnings and a forecast path for a system that hasn’t yet developed but poses a threat of tropical-storm-force winds to land areas within 48 hours.

The disturbance is centered more than 400 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas, and is moving to the north.

If the system organizes into a tropical storm, it would be named Alberto. The NHC predicts the system will organize into a tropical storm sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

T​his system will gain some modest strength before tracking into eastern Mexico Wednesday evening. However, impacts will arrive well ahead of that landfall, and they will spread far to the system’s north across Texas.

Here’s where t​ropical storm alerts are in effect: A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Texas coast from Port O’Connor southward to the mouth of the Rio Grande. A tropical storm warning also extends southward from there into northeast Mexico.

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