Tropical Depression Two Headed Towards the Lower Texas Coast
This time last week we were talking about Hurricane Alex making landfall last Wednesday night into Northeast Mexico and here it is a week later and Tropical Depression Two is headed towards the Lower Texas coast. As of this posting it’s located about 100 miles southeast of Brownsville and moving to the west-northwest at 12-14 mph. Maximum sustained winds remain near 35 mph, mainly in a few squalls well east of the center.
Tropical Depression Two is expected to make landfall along the Lower Texas coast near or just to the north of Brownsville this afternoon. Image: ImpactWeather
Storms associated with Tropical Depression Two will bring the risk of locally heavy rainfall, occasional to frequent lightning, strong wind gusts and possibly isolated weak tornadoes or funnel clouds throughout the day. (Key: Red-severe threat, Green-heavy rainfall, Yellow-sustained winds 25 mph+) Image: ImpactWeather
Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will continue to spread across the Texas coast today. Rainfall amounts up to 3-5 inches can be expected across the Lower Texas coast with isolated totals up to 8-10 inches. There is the potential for flooding across much of South and Central Texas with the greatest threat across the Lower Texas coast. In addition to the heavy rain, sustained winds 20-30 mph can also be expected across the Lower Texas coast with wind gusts up to 50 mph possible.
Satellite imagery of Tropical Depression Two located near 24.3N/94.5W or 100 miles southeast of Brownsville, TX. Image: ImpactWeather
Currently a reconnaissance aircraft is investigating the system to determine if it has become a tropical storm. Regardless of whether or not any slight strengthening occurs, the main threat from this system will be the heavy rain. As I mentioned this time last week, these same areas were seeing heavy rain from Hurricane Alex. On Monday I posted a blog entry on how Alex flooded the city of Monterrey, Mexico. It looks like more rain is in store for them today and tomorrow with the potential for some localized flooding with deep tropical moisture in place.
And the season’s just getting started.