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Thursday late-afternoon update: Some flooding possible with storm’s landfall

Tropical Depression 8 in the Gulf of Mexico will remain south of Southeast Texas, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Roger Erickson, TD8 is looking more organized on satellite.

An aircraft reconnaissance will fly into the system this evening, and if it finds stronger winds, TD8 could be upgraded to Tropical Storm Hanna.

Southeast Texas could see wind gusts in the 20 to 40 mph range, but only in the stronger rain bands.

Locally our main weather threat is heavy rain. Some places along and south of the I-10 corridor of Southeast Texas and Southern Louisiana could see 2-4 inches through Tuesday.  Expect flash flooding during the heaviest rains.

Tides are running a foot above normal and will increase.  A coastal flood advisory is in effect for Friday and Saturday. Minor coastal flooding will occur during high tides Friday morning, Friday evening, and Saturday morning.

On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott  placed numerous resources on standby across the state in anticipation of severe weather, including heavy rain, dangerous rip currents and flash flooding.

This Tropical Depression is expected to impact the lower third of Texas, including the upper Rio Grande Valley, the Coastal Bend and the Texas Hill Country throughout the weekend.

“As this Tropical Depression approaches the Lone Star State, we are taking the necessary precautions to keep Texans safe,” Abbott said.

“These resources I have rostered will help our communities respond to the severe weather and possible flash floods caused by this Tropical Depression. Throughout the weekend, Texans should heed the guidance from local officials and remain vigilant against this severe weather to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”

Texans are urged to follow flood preparedness and safety tips during severe weather events.

Know types of flood risk in your area by visiting FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information at msc.fema.gov/portal/home.

For more flood safety tips, visit ready.gov.

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