National Weather Forecast
As we go into Friday, heavy rain will be possible along the Gulf Coast with Tropical Depression Eight moving through the Gulf of Mexico. A cold front will help spark showers and storms in the Mid-Atlantic states, and a system up in Canada with trailing fronts into the United States will help bring showers and storms in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Monsoonal showers and storms will be possible in the Desert Southwest.
As we look at rainfall through Saturday evening, we are watching two areas across the nation where over 3″ could fall. The first is along the Gulf Coast due to Tropical Depression Eight. The second is in portions of the Southwest with monsoonal moisture.
Tropical Depression Eight formed in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday Night and has slowly gotten better organized Thursday. As of the 4 PM CDT update, Eight had winds of 35 mph. It is forecast to become a tropical storm (named Hanna) before landfall along the Texas coast Saturday. Tropical Storm Warnings were in place from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass, TX, with Tropical Storm Watches from San Luis Pass to High Island, TX.
As of late Thursday afternoon, Gonzalo was still a tropical storm moving westward across the Atlantic. The 5 PM AST update had Gonzalo with winds of 60 mph. There is a greater than average uncertainty in the strength forecast over the next few days, but it could still reach hurricane strength as it approaches the Windward Islands this weekend. It is expected to dissipate about five days out while moving through the Caribbean. Hurricane Watches are in place for Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with Tropical Storm Watches for Tobago and Grenada.
Douglas in the Pacific has strengthened into a major hurricane with wind speeds of 125 mph. While gradual weakening is expected to start Friday, this system could impact Hawaii as a strong tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane late this weekend.
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