Tropical Storm Hermine Forms In The Gulf

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Tropical Storm Hermine, near the western end of the Gulf of Mexico, is poised to make landfall tonight.

The weather system is the eighth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season and is off Mexico’s east coast with maximum sustained winds of about 60 miles per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a website advisory just before 4 p.m. Houston time.

“The center will make landfall on the coast of northwestern Mexico or extreme southern Texas” tonight the center said. “Hermine could approach hurricane strength prior to landfall.” Heavy rainfall 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.”

Hermine was 70 miles northeast of La Pesca, Mexico, and 100 miles south-southeast of Brownsville, Texas, heading north- northwest at 15 mph. The hurricane watch issued this morning covers the area from Rio San Fernando, Mexico, northward to Baffin Bay in Texas. A tropical storm warning extends from La Cruz, Mexico, northward to Port O’Connor, Texas.

Hermine, whose tropical storm-force winds reach 105 miles from its eye, may bring four to eight inches of rain to northeastern Mexico and southern Texas, with isolated areas getting as much as 12 inches, the hurricane center said.

“These rainfall amounts may cause life-threatening flash flood and mudslides,” the center said.

The hurricane center also is monitoring the remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston in the Atlantic, which the agency says has a 70 percent chance of re-forming into a tropical cyclone over the next two days. That system was about 300 miles east of the Caribbean’s northernmost Leeward islands, moving west at 15 to 20 mph.

Here is a link to the National Hurricane Center:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

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