A Tropical Disturbance in the Gulf Could Affect Texas Weather This Weekend

posted by Jim Forsyth - 

While all eyes are on Florence the Ferocious which is bearing down on the southeastern U.S., there is another potential tropical system that could affect our weather starting this weekend, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

A still unnamed tropical disturbance just east of the Yucatan Peninsula is given a 50-50 chance of becoming a tropical system before it comes ashore in Texas later this week.

Gov. Abbott has upped the alert level at the Texas State Operations Center to be prepared to respond to a weather emergency anywhere along the Texas coast.

“We are closely monitoring a tropical system expected to approach the Gulf of Mexico and potentially impact the Texas coast in the coming days,” said Governor Abbott. “In light of recent heavy rainfall across the state, we are on high-alert as any additional rain could quickly create dangerous flash flooding conditions.  I urge all Texans to take precautions and review their emergency plans now to prepare for any potential impact to their community.”

Right now, the National Weather Service says if the system comes ashore from the Coastal Bend down south to Kingsville, it could mean up to three inches of rain for the San Antonio area, probably from Friday through Sunday.

Abbott says even though the system is not expected to come even close to what they're planning for in the Carolinas with Category Four monster Florence, it is still a good idea for residents along the coast to prepare for the chance of strong winds and heavy rains.

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