Tropical Storm Hermine (10L) Nears Mexican Coast, Strengthens – September 7th, 201022.7N 96W
A low pressure area in the Gulf of Mexico has organized into a tropical storm (click here for previous article). As of 7:00 PM CDT (00:00 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Hermine was located near latitude 24.8 North, longitude 97.1 West.
Hermine is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph (22 km/hr), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next day or two.
On the forecast track, the center will make landfall on the coast of northeastern Mexico in the warning area Monday night, and move inland over southern Texas on Tuesday and into central Texas on Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 km/hr) with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is possible, and Hermine could approach hurricane strength prior to landfall. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center. The latest reported minimum central pressure is 991 mb (29.26 inches).
Tropical storm conditions are occurring in the warning area and are expected to continue overnight. A storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above ground level along the immediate coast near and to the north of where the center makes landfall.
Hermine is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches over northeastern Mexico and south Texas with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches possible. These rains could cause life-threatening flash flood and mudslides. Isolated tornadoes are also possible along the lower and middle Texas coast Monday and Tuesday.