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The tropics are becoming more active, especially in the Gulf

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Posted at 8:57 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 00:13:27-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — This is what we do know about the disturbance in the Gulf.

The system is becoming better organized and will likely become a tropical depression by Thursday morning and could easily become a minimal tropical storm "Hanna" before landfall sometime on Saturday. It is coming to the Texas coast.

If the system does not develop to more than a depression, then expect landfall Saturday morning before daybreak.

If the system becomes a tropical storm then it will have to slow down from its roughly forward speed of 10 mph and this will delay landfall until Saturday afternoon or evening.

This will mainly be a rain event as opposed to wind event and rains will be locally heavy with flooding in flood-prone areas and rainfall totals in the 2-4 inch range with isolated heavier amounts spread out from Friday night through Monday.

Ahead of the system it will be very hot and mainly dry until Friday afternoon.

Tonight will be mainly clear and quiet with an overnight low of 75.

Thursday expect lots of sunshine, light winds and stifling hot with a high of 98 and only a stray shower again.

Thursday night another tranquil night with fair skies and a low of 76.

Friday becomes more unsettled, especially by afternoon, with scattered thundershowers developing near the coast during the afternoon and evening hours. It will not be quite as hot with a high of 94.

Expect numerous showers and thundershowers Friday night and Saturday depending on the timing and movement of our tropical system approaching the coast.

Stay tuned.