As we mentioned yesterday, forecasts from the National Hurricane Center project tropical storm Don will affect south Texas late Friday evening or early Saturday morning. At this time, forecasters do not expect a significant increase in strength before it hits the U.S., however a tropical storm watch has been issued for the south Texas coastline, stretching from Brownsville to Galveston.
As we continue to closely monitor the storm as it approaches land, we wanted to remind you of what a “watch” and “warning” means when it comes to severe tropical weather.
- Tropical storm watch = sustained winds of 39-73 mph are possible within the specified area in the next 48 hours
- Tropical storm warning = sustained winds of 39-73 mph are expected within the specified area in next 36 hours
- Hurricane watch = sustained winds of 74 mph or greater are possible within the specified area in the next 48 hours
- Hurricane warning = sustained winds of 74 mph or greater are expected within the specified area in the next 36 hours
Since history tells us that tropical storms and hurricanes can change rapidly, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest forecast and information. The National Hurricane Center is the official source for updates on developing tropical weather, and you can follow their updates whether you’re at your computer or on your phone:
- On your computer
- Full website: www.hurricanes.gov
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/US.NOAA.NationalHurricaneCenter.gov
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/NHC_Atlantic
- On your phone
- Mobile site: hurricanes.gov/mobile
- Facebook: m.facebook.com/US.NOAA.NationalHurricaneCenter.gov
- Twitter: mobile.twitter.com/NHC_Atlantic
Please continue to listen to local officials (here's a link to the Texas Division of Emergency Management) and as always, visit Ready.gov/hurricanes for information on getting prepared for a tropical storm or hurricane.