Thursday, September 13, 2007

Rude Awakening for the Texas Gulf Coast This Morning

Hurricane Humberto surprised some folks along the upper Texas Gulf coast this morning. This system was barely a tropical depression Wednesday morning but quickly became a tropical storm Wednesday afternoon. Just before making landfall along High Island, Texas, it strengthened over the warm Gulf waters into a hurricane. The National Hurricane Center estimated winds up to 85mph in the storm around landfall.

Humberto should continue to weaken through the day today as it spreads heavy rains across Louisiana. It then is expected to bring rain to Mississippi and Alabama tonight and Friday. Those areas are in a drought much like the Carolinas so the rainfall well be welcomed.

The next chance for rain here in our area still looks to come Friday. A front that is stationary to our southeast today should lift to north by tomorrow bringing rain showers off and on through Friday especially in the afternoon and evening. We expect about anywhere from a quarter to three quarters of an inch of rain for our part of the state.

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