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Super Typhoon Usagi Threatens Hong Kong, Texas Flood Concerns, Fall-Like Weekend

20 Sep 2013, 12:12 pm

Super Typhoon Usagi

Super Typhoon Usagi (equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane) is about approaching the Luzon Strait, the waterway between the Philippines and Taiwan.  The outer bands have already brought rain to the Northern Philippines.  Although it’s maximum sustained wind speed is expected to decrease, it is still expected to make landfall on mainland China very near Hong Kong.

From CNN: “In China, authorities have issued a disaster relief alert ahead of the storm’s expected arrival over the weekend. Usagi is expected to hit coastal areas of the populous southern province of Guangdong. The National Disaster Reduction Commission and the Ministry of Civil Affairs have asked local authorities to prepare for potential emergencies and damage caused by the typhoon, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported Friday. The Hong Kong Observatory warned residents that Usagi posed a threat to the territory. “Weather will deteriorate significantly with strengthening winds and rough seas” on Sunday, it said. East Asia is buffeted for several months a year by heavy storms that roll in from the Western Pacific. Usagi has eclipsed Super Typhoon Utor, which hit the Philippines and South China last month, as the strongest storm of the year so far.”

Texas Flood Concerns

Frustrating morning commute this early this morning with nearly an inch of rain falling in the Houston area even before the sun rose.

Some impressive rainfall totals this morning in the Dallas/Fort Worth Areas as well.  Over 4 inches in Arlington, TX in just 12 hours!

Additional projected rainfall through Sunday morning:

Much more rain on the way for the rest of the weekend.  Isolated spots near Houston could get up to 4-5″ of rain by Sunday morning.  This is some much needed rain as much of the state is still under some sort of drought classification:

Radar imagery from early this morning:

Earlier this morning, showers extended from the Great Lakes to the Mexican border near Del Rio along a cold front boundary.  Thunderstorms may develop this afternoon along the front and slowly move east.  Some of those storm could produce gusty winds and heavy rain but isn’t looking like a situation in which wide spread severe weather would develop.

Model radar at 2pm:

Severe potential for today:

This includes Detroit.  The main concern is for damaging wind.

  Cooler air settles in behind this system with some dramatic temperatures differences across the Midwest between yesterday and today.

Fall-like conditions spread from the Midwest into the Ohio River Valley on Saturday and then eventually into the Northeast by the end of the weekend.

Highs Today

Happy Friday!

Gretchen Mishek

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