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Watching for potential tropical development in the Gulf

We’re not only monitoring the heavy rain threat that exists again on Tuesday, but we are also now turning our attention to possible tropical development in the Caribbean and Gulf.

Flash flood watch

A flash flood watch will remain in effect for all coastal counties in addition to Jim Wells and Duval counties until 7 a.m. Tuesday. This is warning of the potential that more rain could lead to flooding. The watch could be extended should the threat for flooding rain continue beyond Tuesday morning.

Tuesday’s forecast

More rain is anticipated to develop across the Coastal Bend overnight Monday night into Tuesday morning. This will likely lead to another wet morning commute. As the day progresses, the rain will likely become less widespread and more scattered, very similar to Monday’s rain.

The rain could be heavy at times, but the clouds and rainfall should keep temperatures in the 80s again.

Mid-week forecast

The chance of rain will go down for the middle of the week, but it certainly won’t go away. We still expect scattered showers and storms to be around every day.

Tropical development

As if the Atlantic wasn’t busy enough, we are now watching an area in the western Caribbean for potential tropical development. As of Monday evening, the National Hurricane Center has given the area a 60% chance of developing into a tropical depression or tropical storm as soon as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, conditions won’t be too unfavorable as the disturbance moves into the Gulf. This should not cause us to panic or worry, but it should certainly have our attention. You’ll want to check back multiple times a day for updates on the potential development.

As of right now, indications would suggest that the storm would not be very strong even if it did develop. However, the threat for heavy rain and flooding will exist regardless of whether tropical development occurs.

Cole Vaughn

Cole Vaughn

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