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There's a Tropical Storm This Weekend, More Rain Next Week

The weather is rapidly changing, but bet on getting wet over the next few days.

By Catherine Wendlandt July 22, 2020

Updated 4:33 p.m. July 24 

Tropical Storm Hanna is expected to make landfall Saturday near Corpus Christi as a hurricane. Houston should avoid most of the impact, besides heavy rain and potential flash flooding. 

Updated 3:15 p.m. July 24 

A tropical depression that formed earlier this week in the Gulf of Mexico has developed into a tropical storm, called Hanna. The storm is expected to make landfall Saturday. While Houston should avoid most of Hanna's impact, expect heavy rain and possible flash flooding. 

Updated 12:52 p.m. July 23

Houstonians should expect buckets of rain this weekend. 

A tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico is making its way toward Southeast Texas and Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service. Expect showers and thunderstorms to become more widespread Friday and heading into the weekend. The depression could turn into a tropical storm Friday, but should weaken back into a depression Sunday as it moves further inland.

“We can possibly be receiving a lot of water,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

Houston Public Safety and Homeland Security director George Buenik said today that Houstonians should expect one to three inches of rain this week, while the coast should see around three to five inches. According to the National Hurricane Center, the biggest threat inland will be heavy rain and potential flash flooding. So be cautious while driving, and turn around if approaching high water. You can check rainfall and creek and bayou levels at harriscountyfws.org.

The weather will only get worse heading into next week as Tropical Storm Gonzalo, which strengthened into a storm Wednesday, makes its way through the Caribbean. It’s unknown yet whether it will move toward the Gulf. Earlier this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted that the 2020 hurricane season—June 1 to November 30—had a 60-percent chance of being above-normal, meaning we could see 13 to 19 named storms. So far we’ve only seen five before Gonzalo, according to weather.com.

Remember, this is Houston, and the weather can change in seconds, so pay attention to your local news station's weather report. 

On the bright side of all of this, at least it’s not 105 degrees this week, but, as Turner warned, "be weather-aware and carry an umbrella."

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