Tropical Depression 8 Formed in the Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Depression 8 Formed in the Gulf of Mexico
Status Update from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

MONTGOMERY COUNTY – The tropical disturbance has now been upgraded to Tropical Depression 8 with wind speeds up to 30 MPH. This storm is expected to strengthen and it could bring tropical storm force winds to portions of the Texas coast where a tropical storm watch has now been issued. A tropical storm watch has been issued for much of the Texas coast
from Port Mansfield to High Island.

Tropical Depression 8 is expected to produce heavy rains across portions of Louisiana and Southeast Texas, which could result in flash flooding. This storm is expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rain with isolated maximum totals of 6 inches along the Gulf coast. Tropical storm wind conditions are possible within the watch area as early as late Friday night.

Additionally, our office is monitoring Tropical Storm Gonzalo which has formed over the Atlantic. Gonzalo is expected to move near or over the southern Windward Islands this weekend. We are continuing to keep a close watch on Gonzalo as the storm track develops and makes its way West. It is important that residents of Montgomery County begin to prepare and keep a close watch on these storms in the Gulf. Our next update is expected around 11 AM tomorrow morning.