Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in National Underwriter, P&C.
Tropical Storm Hermine, the eighth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, is making its way through Texas after making landfall in northern Mexico.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported this morning that Hermine had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and was located about 10 miles southwest of Harlingen, Texas, and 20 miles northwest of Brownsville, Texas, near the Mexican border.
The NHC predicts four-to-eight inches of rainfall, with the possibility of up to 12 inches in some areas. In addition, there could be some flash floods and storm surge could raise water levels by as much as two-to-four feet above ground level in south Texas.
Isolated tornadoes are possible along the lower and middle Texas coastline. NHC says the storm should weaken to a tropical depression later today.
Local reports in Texas said tens of thousands of people were without power due to the storm.
According to modeler AIR Worldwide, Hermine formed in the extreme southwestern portion of the Gulf of Mexico late Sunday and tracked north-northwest, making landfall in Mexico in the vicinity of the U.S. border on Monday night. Its intensification was limited due to the short period from its genesis to landfall, AIR said.
Modeler Risk Management Solutions said the average eighth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season occurs on or around September 20, using statistics since 1950. But looking at storms since 1995, the average eighth named storm would form on September 8.
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