Harold: Second US tropical storm in a week drenches Texas

Harold: Second US tropical storm in a week drenches Texas

  • By Brandon Drenon
  • BBC Information, Washington

Picture supply, NOAA by way of Reuters

Tropical Storm Harold made landfall on the south-east coast of Texas on Tuesday, bringing extra heavy rain and excessive winds to the southern US.

The storm has dumped as much as 7in (17.7cm) of rain in some components of the state.

By late Tuesday afternoon, the storm had been downgraded to a tropical despair, however heavy rains continued.

Greater than 23,000 folks had been with out energy within the Lone Star state on Tuesday evening.

The Texas deluge arrived a day after historic quantities of rain flooded components of the south-western US.

California and Nevada had been cleansing up on Tuesday after seeing historic quantities of rain from Storm Hilary, which prompted widespread flooding.

Tropical Storm Harold made landfall on Tuesday morning native time on Texas’ Padre Island within the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical storm warnings had been issued from the Rio Grande river – alongside the state’s southern boundary – to roughly 250 miles (400km) north, to the group of Port O’Connor.

Scattered situations of flash flooding had been nonetheless a menace, the NWS warned.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott stated the state had deployed emergency assets together with rescue boats, search-and-rescue groups and platoons from the state Nationwide Guard.

Wind gusts of 59 mph had been reported exterior of Corpus Christi.

The storm was anticipated to proceed to hold rain, wind and hail farther inland because it tracks westward throughout the recent and dry Texas panorama.

Rain was anticipated to taper off on Wednesday.

As Texans endure the deluge, climate officers have warned of one more tropical storm – Franklin – at present some 230 miles east off the coast of the Dominican Republican.

As much as 6in of rain from Franklin is predicted to fall in Puerto Rico from Wednesday.

The affect of local weather change on the frequency of storms remains to be unclear, however we all know that elevated sea floor temperatures heat the air above and make extra power obtainable to drive hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons. Because of this, they’re more likely to be extra intense with extra excessive rainfall.

The world has already warmed by about 1.1C because the industrial period started and temperatures will hold rising until governments around the globe make steep cuts to emissions.


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