Meanwhile, in the tropical North Atlantic, way to the southwest, Tropical Storm Gonzalo has formed, by itself nothing noteworthy for impacts for now out over the open ocean, but it is record breaker in being earliest 7th named-storm on record. More strengthening is expected before making landfall Saturday in South Texas. The storm will move inland then dissipate across northern Mexico.
This will mainly be a rain event as opposed to wind event and rains will be locally heavy with flooding in flood-prone areas and rainfall totals in the 2-4 inch range with isolated heavier amounts spread out from Friday night through Monday. This is a good indication that the storm is trying to intensify as it heads toward the Texas coastline over the weekend. The system is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm prior to landfall along the Texas coastline Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour with gusts of 60 miles per hour.
A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or unsafe.
The NHC said Gonzalo will continue moving west-northwestward and approach the southern Windward Islands Friday night and move across the islands Saturday and Saturday and into the eastern Caribbean Sea Sunday.
TROPICAL STORM Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane today.
The most imminent storm is tropical depression eight, which is forecast to become Tropical Storm Hanna.
Tropical Depression 8 continues west. Tropical storm warnings are in place for St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while a watch is in effect for Tobago and Grenada. Early Friday morning, a buoy located east of the center reported a sustained wind of 38 miles per hour and a gust to 52 miles per hour. It is coming to the Texas coast.
The hurricane center said a storm surge of 1-3 feet will also be possible along the coast from the mouth of the Rio Grande to High Island including Corpus Christi Bay, Matagorda Bay, and Galveston Bay.
The system will be slow moving, so flash flooding will be the biggest threat in Texas and the west Gulf Coast.
This weekend will bring some increased rain chances to the area, but none of the days are expected to be rain outs.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass, Texas, while San Luis Pass to High Island, Texas, are under a Tropical Storm Watch.