Aug 21, 2023 - News

Newly formed tropical depression in Gulf expected to strengthen on path to Texas

Graphic shows a satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico with a tropical depression brewing

The tropical depression in the Gulf is seen on satellite as of 8pm ET Monday. Image: NOAA

Tropical Depression 9 formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday and will bring much-needed rain to southern Texas and northeastern Mexico, the National Hurricane Center says.

  • It's expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Harold before landfall Tuesday, making it the third named storm to enter the Gulf this hurricane season.

Quick take: The system isn't a threat to Louisiana.

What's happening: Tropical storm watches and warnings are in effect for parts of the Texas coastline.

  • The storm could dump up to 10 inches of rain across Mexico and up to 7 inches in southern Texas. Flash flooding and mudslides are possible.
  • Coastal flooding also is expected, with a storm surge up to 3 feet possible. Life-threatening rip tides are also forecast in Texas. See the current watches and warnings.
Image shows the path/track for the tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico
Image: National Hurricane Center

Zoom in: As of 8pm ET, the tropical depression was 320 miles southeast of Port Mansfield, Texas. It's moving west at 18 mph and has winds of 35 mph.

  • Tropical storms have winds of at least 39 mph.
  • It's expected to make landfall by midday Tuesday somewhere between Padre Island and South Padre Island in south Texas.

Zoom out: The NHC was tracking four other systems Monday night.

Map that shows five systems in the Atlantic, Gulf and Caribbean
Image: National Hurricane Center
  • Tropical Storm Franklin in the Caribbean is expected to bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Hispaniola and Haiti before heading northeast into the Atlantic.
  • Tropical Depression Gert is weakening in the Atlantic and is expected to dissipate "at any time."
  • The remnants of Tropical Storm Emily are in the Atlantic and may redevelop.
  • Another system in the Atlantic is expected to strengthen later this week.

What's next: Now is a good time to check your emergency supplies as we head toward the peak of hurricane season on Sept. 10.

See the latest tropical outlook

Editor's note: This story has been updated with new forecast information and graphics.


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