Tropical Triad Threats

Submitted by ub on Wed, 09/18/2019 - 06:05

A trio of tropical storms is threatening the Atlantic. They are Imelda, which threatens to soil portions of southeastern Texas with more than a foot of rain this week, possibly leading to dangerous, life-threatening flash floods.

Then, there are tropical storm warnings in Bermuda as strengthening Category 2 Hurricane Humberto approaches the tiny island. Humberto is likely to track near Bermuda by later Wednesday, potentially bringing strong winds, battering surf and heavy rain.

Tropical Depression Imelda will bring heavy rainfall to portions of coastal Texas and Louisiana through Thursday. Flash flood watches remain in effect, including for metro Houston. Elsewhere, high pressure and mainly dry weather will bring temperatures as much as 20 degrees above normal from the Central Plains to Upper Midwest. Critical fire weather conditions linger over parts of the Great Basin.

Texas braces for heavy flooding, as fast-moving Tropical Storm Imelda arrives in Houston. Imelda is now a tropical depression and could dump up to 10 inches of rain across the southeastern portion of the state. That would be the heaviest rainfall the region has seen since Hurricane Harvey.

Meanwhile, in Bermuda is dealing with Hurricane Humberto. The Category 3 storm is expected to pass dangerously close to the island territory tonight.

And last, but not least there is a new tropical depression far out in the Atlantic, one that should become Tropical Storm Jerry by Wednesday.

However, we are not out of the weather woods, according to NOAA. The agency points out that scorching temperatures around the world last month tied August 2019 as the second-hottest August on record and capped off the hottest Northern Hemisphere summer June through August, tied with 2016. The heat also impacted Arctic sea ice coverage, shrinking it to the second smallest for the month on record.

‪Imelda could bring heavy rainfall, flooding to Houston area