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A trio of tropical threats has emerged in the Atlantic basin, forecasters warned.
Newly named Tropical Storm Imelda is threatening to swamp portions of southeastern Texas with up to a foot of rain this week, possibly leading to dangerous, life-threatening flash floods.
Enough rain is forecast to fall to cause significant street, highway and low-lying area flooding along the Gulf Coast of Texas, AccuWeather said. This includes the cities of Beaumont, Houston, Galveston, Matagorda, Victoria and Corpus Christi, Texas.
“Rainfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour and potentially saturated soils from the precipitation that falls today will continue the threat of flash flooding into Thursday,” the National Weather Service in Houston said.
A flash flood watch has been posted across the entire Houston metro area, the weather service said.
In addition to the likelihood of flooding, some of the thunderstorms can be robust with strong wind gusts, according to AccuWeather. A couple of the strongest thunderstorms can produce a waterspout or tornado.
Even though it’s only a tropical storm, it can still be a big threat. Some of the most disastrous flooding in that region has come from storms that were no longer hurricanes like Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 and the remnants of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, noted University of Georgia meteorologist Marshall Shepherd.
Thread: A system in the western Gulf will bring showers and thunderstorms over the region today through Thursday. Today’s main areas of concern are mainly along the coastal counties as the storms make their way on shore. #TXwx#HOUwx#GLSwx#BCSwxpic.twitter.com/BFtS2BDkfQ
— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) September 17, 2019
Tropical storm warnings have been hoisted in Bermuda as strengthening Category 2 Hurricane Humberto approaches the tiny island. “Humberto is likely to track near Bermuda by later Wednesday, potentially bringing strong winds, battering surf and heavy rain,” the Weather Channel said.
As of 11 a.m. ET, Humberto had 100 mph winds and was located about 525 miles west of Bermuda. It was moving to the east-northeast at 8 mph.
The hurricane will also continue to generate high surf and dangerous rip currents along the Southeast U.S. coast, the National Hurricane Center warned.
Tropical Depression Ten
Meanwhile, yet another system, Tropical Depression Ten, formed Tuesday morning in the central Atlantic Ocean about halfway between Africa and South America, the hurricane center said. It was located 1,165 miles from the Leeward Islands.
The system should become Tropical Storm Jerry in the next day or so and track north of the Caribbean islands as a hurricane by the weekend. The depression is still too far away for forecasters to determine if it will have any impact on the United States.
Tropical Depression #Ten has formed in the central tropical Atlantic. Strengthening is forecast and interests in the northern Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of this system. Latest at: https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gBpic.twitter.com/Eedb9u57Il
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 17, 2019
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