Tuesday saw Tropical Storm Harold moving inland over Texas with strong gusts and heavy rain, providing the drought-stricken state with much-needed moisture but also posing a threat of tornadoes and flash flooding.
Tropical Storm Harold, first tropical storm of the current hurricane season to hit the region
The National Hurricane Center reported that Tropical Storm Harold, which made landfall on a barrier island off the Texas coast earlier in the day, was moving at a speed of roughly 21 mph over southern Texas and northern Mexico. It is the first tropical storm of the current hurricane season to hit the region, reports from USA Today.
According to Richard Pasch, a senior meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center, Harold, previously known as “Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine,” could slam South Texas with up to 7 inches of rain into Wednesday. A few tornadoes are also possible across south Texas through the afternoon.
According to AccuWeather, a foot of rain is possible in some small places.
Lead hurricane forecaster at AccuWeather Dan Kottlowski stated that the organization of the system before it moves ashore will determine the precise course of the rain in Texas.
Earlier on Tuesday, Tropical Storm Harold made landfall on Padre Island. As of 4 p.m., Tropical Storm Harold’s center was located about 15 miles east of Laredo, Texas. time zone. Tropical Storm Harold was traveling in the west-northwest with steady winds of 35 mph.
The majority of this rainfall, according to weather service forecaster William Churchill, will be helpful for the region suffering from drought, which is good news. However, excessive rainfall that occurs too quickly may cause sporadic, isolated flash flooding.
Harold moves away from Coastal Bend and toward the plains
According to the Corpus Christi National Weather Service, 3 to 5 inches of rain fell on the area on Tuesday.
Tropical Storm Harold was moving toward the Rio Grande Plains and the South Texas Brush Country by Tuesday afternoon, according to the meteorological service, and was starting to leave the Texas region known as the Coastal Bend, which curves along the Gulf Coast.
By early afternoon, 1 to 2.5 inches of rain had already fallen in Brush Country.
A record-setting storm built in just 39 hours
As the fourth named storm to form in just 39 hours, Harold shattered a long-standing record on Tuesday morning, according to Phil Klotzbach, a seasonal hurricane forecaster at Colorado State University.
According to Klotzbach, it beat a record that had been set in 1893 and matched in 1980. Harold is the ninth named storm of the year, with one unnamed storm occurring in January, reports from Yahoo Movies.