HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A surge of tropical moisture flowing in around a tropical wave near the Texas coastline will bring several rounds of heavy rain thru Thursday.
The National Hurricane Center gives this wave just a 10 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or named storm over the next few days. Regardless, the impacts will be the same with several inches of rain and minor coastal flooding due to persistent strong winds from the southeast.
Expect gusty winds, rough seas, and a lot of tropical moisture into Texas through Thursday. Meteorologist Travis Herzog says this tropical low will get trapped southwest of Houston for a few days, meandering between Victoria and Corpus Christi. This persistent flow from the Gulf will keep high rain chances for heavy downpours at times for most of the week.
We are looking at four days with the potential for heavy tropical downpours that could flood streets. The most intense training rainstorms normally develop overnight, and that’s when bayous and creeks could experience rapid rises. Street flooding is most likely today, but bayou and creek flooding cannot be completely ruled out with each passing day.
Some rain will be a welcome relief from budding drought conditions. We just need it to come down at a manageable rate.
Along the coast, expect rough conditions with minor coastal flooding, rough seas, and waves building up to 8 feet as winds increase to near gale force. Swimming is discouraged due to the high risk of rip currents.