Tropical Rain In Texas
East Texas has been getting hammered by heavy rain and strong storms this morning. A few roads around San Antonio were closed for a time due to flooding and rainfall amounts could exceed 3″ in the Lower Mississippi Valley over the next 24 hours. Abundant rainfall in September and October has ended the drought in northern Texas. Great news!
The recent deluge over the Lower Mississippi Valley is a result of a strong storm in the center of the country encountering the tropical leftovers from Tropical Storm Rick. As mentioned in an earlier post, Tropical Storm Rick was a powerful Cat. 5 hurricane on Sunday and the strongest hurricane in the eastern Pacific in a decade. Currently, there are two cyclones in the Pacific. Hurricane Neki is passing 580 west-southwest of Honolulu, HI. Neki will miss Hawaii but bring powerful surf to the islands.
In the western Pacific, slow-moving Typhoon Lupit is threatening to be the third typhoon this month to strike the northern Philippines. The official forecast is for Lupit to stall and eventually turn north toward Taiwan.
The 2009 Atlantic Hurricane season has, so far, been rather quiet. With a little over one month to go in the season, the coastal areas of the U.S have managed to escape any damage from tropical cyclones. A cluster of thunderstorms has developed in the southwest Caribbean as well as over the Bahamas, however, tropical development is rather low in these areas.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ends November 30. Still plenty of time so we’ll keep you dialed in!
A friendly reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends soon, turn clocks BACK one hour Sunday, November 1 at 2 a.m.!