September 6, 2010

Hurricane Watch Issued For Texas Coast

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for the coasts of Texas and Mexico as Tropical Storm Hermine approaches.

The watched has been issued to the areas from Rio San Fernando, Mexico, northward to Baffin Bay in Texas.

The current tropical storm system has a maximum speed of 50 mph.  The storm is expected to gain momentum and approach hurricane strength before hitting the coasts.

"The center of Hermine is expected to approach the coast of northeastern Mexico or extreme southern Texas in the warning area tonight," the Miami-based hurricane center issued in a statement.

Hermine is located about 205 miles south-southeast of Brownsville, Texas and is moving in at nearly 13 mph.

"These rainfall amounts may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially over the higher terrain of northeastern Mexico," the center said.

Heavy rain is forecasted in northeastern Mexico into south Texas, threatening to cause flash floods and mudslides.

BP said that Hermine was not expected to impact its efforts to clean up the Gulf after the environmental disaster took place in April.

Hermine is the eighth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.


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