Texas preps for tropical disturbance nearing Gulf of Mexico

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2018

The storm, called Invest 95E, entered the southern Gulf on Tuesday near the Yucatan peninsula.

According to the NWS, there's now a 60 percent chance for the disturbance in the Gulf to develop into a tropical cyclone affecting our area this Friday through Sunday.

"We are closely monitoring a tropical system expected to approach the Gulf of Mexico and potentially impact the Texas coast in the coming days", Abbott said. This isn't to say it couldn't be a tropical storm down the road, but given the latest forecast modeling, that's what looks most likely at this point in time.

Upper-level winds aren't great for development at the moment, but as the system drifts northwestward, it'll gain energy from the warm Gulf waters and upper-level winds should become more conducive for tropical development. "Aside from most likely minor impacts from wind and beach erosion, flooding may be a significant threat due to the slow-moving nature of the storm, although impacts will be substantially fewer than records set during Harvey".

In the Atlantic, Hurricane Florence has lost a little bit of its punch and is now a Category 2.

A new subtropical storm named Joyce has developed way out in the Atlantic.

September is historically the peak of hurricane season, which runs June 1 through November 30.

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