3 dangerous storms expected to hit U.S. this weekend
UPDATED 2:10 PM PT — Thursday, July 23, 2020
Three severe storms have been growing this week and are expected to make landfall by the weekend.
Tropical Depression Eight has been forming in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to bring heavy rains to the western coast of Texas. Officials have issued storm warnings from Port Mansfield to High Island.
4pm CDT Thu 7/23/2020 Tropical Depression 8 update. Still expected to make landfall along the TX coast on Saturday as Tropical Storm Hanna. GOOD NEWS – Drought Relief! Some areas really need the rain! BAD NEWS – Flood Potential. Heavy rain may lead to flooding #TD8 #txwx pic.twitter.com/JzHSnnLLfp
— NWS Southern Region (@NWSSouthern) July 23, 2020
The tropical depression could become Tropical Storm Hanna if winds reach over 39 miles per hour. Residents fear the tropical depression will cause major flooding in parts of Central and South Texas.
In the Pacific Ocean, Hurricane Douglas has created winds of over 120 miles per hour and is moving west-northwest towards Hawaii. The storm is about 1,500 miles away from the Hawaiian Islands and officials have been monitoring the hurricane closely.
Douglas is expected to remain strong, bringing winds and heavy rains to the the islands by Sunday. Hawaii has been advised to remain on high alert until Monday.
Starting Saturday night, Tropical Cyclone Douglas will approach the State of Hawaii from the east. Increasing chances of heavy rain and strong winds could affect portions of the state beginning Sunday. It is too early to tell which islands will be impacted by #Douglas. pic.twitter.com/F8UXnpAZ7a
— National Weather Service (@NWS) July 23, 2020
In the Atlantic, the fate of Tropical Storm Gonzalo remains uncertain. Officials have predicted the tropical storm will turn into a hurricane before reaching the Caribbean on Saturday.
Authorities have warned the storm could lead to life-threatening flash floods on the Windward Islands if it reaches land.
Here are the 5 AM AST 7/23 Key Messages for Tropical Storm Gonzalo, currently over the central Atlantic heading toward the southern Windward Islands this weekend. More info: https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/ovrcGUjqpP
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) July 23, 2020
Meteorologists have issued weather advisories in the all affected areas for the remainder of the week.