Tropical impact lessens, rain still likely from Gulf system

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 14, 2018

"Interests across northeastern Mexico and the coasts of Texas and Louisiana should monitor the progress of this system".

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.

The United States is already bracing for Hurricane Florence, a major Category 4 hurricane expected to make landfall on the U.S. East Coast on Friday, bringing high winds and days of heavy rains. It expects a tropical depression or weak storm to form and come ashore near Corpus Christi.

Important to note is that this disturbance, now dubbed "Invest 95L" by the National Hurricane Center, is now nothing more than a disorganized cluster of showers and storms.

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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.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a weather briefing on Tuesday that the tropical wave was expected to reach the mid- to lower Texas coast by Friday.

Whether this system strengthens into a tropical depression, storm, or stronger, remains to be seen, but we're getting a clearer picture on its potential impact for the Brazos Valley.

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