Louisiana and Texas will feel the effects of Tropical Storm Humberto within the next 24 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to make landfall tonight. Maximum sustained winds are 45 mph, and could grow more strong before land fall.
Five to 10 inches of rain are possible along the middle and upper Texas coast, and in extreme southwestern Louisiana. As much as 15 inches is possible in some areas, and coastal storm surge flooding of 2-3 feet above normal tide levels is expected near and to the east of where the center makes landfall. NOAA
Ingrid Rising? Tropical Depression Forms in Atlantic
The Atlantic storm season has been extraordinary, with two Category 5 hurricanes making landfall in Central America within days of one another -- the first time that has ever been recorded. There have so far been seven named storms. The traditional peak of the hurricane season is right around now, and if predictions hold there will be several more named storms -- including major hurricanes -- before the storm season ends.
Further, the prognosis received a boost Monday when the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration noted the formation of a La Nina pattern in the Pacific Ocean. That cooling pattern tends to coincide with the formation of Atlantic hurricanes. Now another tropical depression -- perhaps strong enough to be named Ingrid soon -- is following closely on the heels of Tropical Storm Humberto.
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