Tropical Storm Warning Issued Along Texas Gulf Coast

A storm strengthens in the Gulf Coast

Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of the Texas Gulf Coast as the region prepares for what could become the first named storm of the season. The storm, likely to be named Tropical Storm Alberto, is expected to bring heavy rainfall, potential flash floods, and strong winds to the area, which has already been hit by severe weather in recent weeks.

The American Red Cross has been assisting in Texas following recent flooding and tornadoes and is closely monitoring the storm. The organization is urging residents to prepare for the storm, as communities hundreds of miles inland could also be affected. The National Weather Service predicts the system could strengthen into a tropical storm by Wednesday.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has activated state emergency response resources in anticipation of the storm. He urged Texans to remain weather-aware and heed the guidance of local officials to keep themselves and their families safe. He also reminded residents of the dangers of driving through flooded roadways with the phrase, "Turn Around, Don't Drown."

The storm is expected to disrupt ship-to-ship transfer operations off the Texas coast due to heavy seas. Prolonged delays can prevent crude tanker tonnage from becoming available and exert upward pressure on freight rates, while also adding to demurrage fees.

The storm is expected to turn towards the west-northwest and west tonight and Wednesday, with the system forecast to approach the western Gulf coast late Wednesday. Rainfall totals of five to 10 inches are seen across northeast Mexico into South Texas, with maximum totals of 15 inches possible. Flash and urban flooding are likely to follow with river flooding.

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