Smack in the middle of hurricane season, yet another storm has taken hold in the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical storm Hermine is the latest storm to threaten the region and is moving north towards Texas at about 10 miles per hour.
A hurricane watch was put into effect Monday morning along the southern Texas coast and a tropical storm warning was already issued for the coast of Mexico ranging from Tampico to the mouth of the Rio Grande.
Tropical storm Hermine’s winds have increased significantly to about 50 miles per hour and the storm expected to strengthen before touching down this evening. Heavy rainfall is expected in Mexico and south Texas with accumulations of up to 8 inches, and some areas may even get up to a foot of rain. Tropical storm Hermine could cause floods and mudslides as well, so be vigilant if you’re in the area. A flash flood watch is already in place for all of Deep South Texas.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “The center of Hermine is expected to approach the coast of northeastern Mexico or extreme southern Texas in the warning area tonight.” Heavy rain and a storm surge “will raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above ground level along the immediate coast near and to the north of where the center makes landfall.”