All eyes on Laura

Posted at 5:53 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 07:49:25-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — Hurricane Laura is forecast to make landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border late tonight as a major hurricane.

Confidence is higher today that it will stay on this path and miss South Texas but we will see minor impacts.

The storm will generate high long period swells of 6-12 feet near the coast and up to 16 feet offshore which will cause minor coastal flooding through Thursday along with a high rip current risk.

The far outer rain bands around the storm will graze the Coastal Bend producing some spotty showers and t-storms today with a low chance tomorrow.

Rain will be very hit and miss today as the bulk of the rain will stay farther to the east. Northeast winds will pick up to near 20 mph this afternoon from Port Aransas northward as afternoon highs reach near 90 at the beaches to the upper 90s inland and mid 90s in Corpus Christi.

We'll have plenty of heat Thursday as temperatures reach the upper 90s in Corpus Christi as winds shift to the west then back to the south-southeast.

Humidity will climb Friday and into the weekend as the onshore flow returns causing the heat index to come up as high as 112 as temperatures hover in the mid to upper 90s.

A tropical wave moving in from the south will increase our rain chance for Sunday.