Texas prepares as tropical disturbance nears the Gulf

Mindy Sparks
September 12, 2018

Looking at the latest computer model data, it is suggesting a tropical system will be near the coast of South Texas on Friday. Abbott also urged "all Texans" to take precautions for the storm.

However, as the wave drifts into the Gulf of Mexico, the atmosphere will develop into more favorable for development to create a named system.

Upper level wind shear just north of the Yucatan Peninsula remains too high to allow for tropical development of this system today.

A developed storm can potentially be very risky for an already very soaked Texas coast.

The National Weather Service released the following statement at 1:20 p.m.

The next 5 days the Hurricane Center is forecasting a 70% chance for development.

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas is preparing for a possible tropical storm system headed toward the Gulf of Mexico.

However, NHC forecasters say that upper-level winds are predicted to become more conducive for development on Wednesday when the system moves over the southern Gulf of Mexico, and a tropical depression could form on Thursday or Friday while the disturbance moves across the western Gulf of Mexico. Exact details about timing, strength, and track are hard to determine at this time because of how weak the system now is, but additional updates will be provided should further development occur.

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