Welcome to the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season! Over the past two days there have been two new named storms - Imelda and Jerry. Then there's Humberto which is expected to impact Bermuda as a major hurricane. The eastern Pacific basin is also hopping.
Imelda quickly developed into a tropical storm on Tuesday along the Texas Gulf coast. Almost as quickly as the storm formed it made landfall near Freeport, Texas Tuesday afternoon. Today Imelda is down to a tropical depression. Even though the storm is weakening, the impacts from the remnants will be felt over the next several days across eastern Texas. There are already flash flooding concerns in Galveston and Houston. Heavy rain will spread from the coast northward through east-central Oklahoma. Areas north of Houston towards Tyler could see close to two feet of rain by late Friday. Areas as far west as Dallas and as far east as Shreveport, LA will see rain from Imelda.
*In my best Newman from Seinfeld voice* Hello, Jerry! The newest named storm formed earlier today in the tropical Atlantic. Jerry is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by late Thursday/early Friday as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. The storm could brush past Saint-Martin and Puerto Rico over the weekend. It is too soon to say if Jerry will impact the U.S. If it does, it won't be until next week.