Tropical Storm Forms in the Gulf, Could be a Hurricane Tonight - KMSP-TV

Tropical Storm Forms in the Gulf, Could be a Hurricane Tonight

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As we head through what is typically the peak season for hurricanes, it's been pretty benign… until now. A recently developed wave moved into the Bay of Campeche Thursday and has been sitting over the gulf for a couple days now. It quickly developed into a tropical storm late yesterday and is now forecast to become a hurricane as early as this evening. As we know, the Gulf of Mexico is basically a bowl with land surrounding 80 percent of it. So, once a storm enters the Gulf, it is almost a guarantee that landfall will happen in either the U.S. or Mexico.

The 10AM stats place Tropical Storm Ingrid about 400 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas. Its movement has been almost nonexistent for the past couple of days, but now is expected to pick up a little speed as it trucks northward. The current forecast track places landfall in northern Mexico sometime late Sunday or early Monday, but that is under the assumption that this storm will start to drift further west. However, right now it is still moving to the north. The further north it goes, the better chances for impacts into Texas.

But, this may actually be good news for many spots of northern Mexico and Texas as their 2 year long drought continues. May spots are desperate for rain and this would bring plenty of it. The only problem is that it will be too much too fast, just like every tropical system… but the benefits may out weight the hindrance. Here is a look at the potential rainfall over the U.S. the next 5 days.

Plenty of rain for Texas… and this moisture could eventually get wrapped up in southerly flow and head our direction by the middle to end of next week, so something for all of us to watch. This would be good news for us as well because a good 2 to 4 inch soaking is needed.

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