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Tropical Storm Alberto batters Texas with heavy rain, storm surge flooding

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Tropical Storm Alberto became the first named storm of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season Wednesday, and as the system churned over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it blasted parts of Texas, Louisiana and Mexico with heavy rainfall, storm surge flooding and gusty winds.At last report from the National Hurricane Center, Alberto was a minimal tropical storm with winds mainly around 50 mph. However, its influence stretched hundreds of miles.Despite the center of circulation being more than 200 miles south of the Rio Grande, widespread coastal flooding was reported along barrier islands and coastal communities from Brownsville, Texas, to Grand Isle, Louisiana.The FOX Forecast Center said due to the system’s lack of organization and a steep pressure gradient, coastal flooding was more significant than what is normally experienced during a typical minimal cyclone. DRONE VIDEO: TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO LEAVES TEXAS BEACH TOWNS UNDERWATERSeas as high as 16 feet were reported in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday afternoon, which helped cause water level rises of 3-5 feet along the Texas Coastline.Major flooding was reported in Surfside Beach and the San Louis Pass region, which are south of Galveston.Photos and video from coastal communities showed streets that were inundated by seawater, especially during high tide.In addition to the coastal flooding, some communities were also placed under Tornado Warnings as the initial bands of rainfall interacted with the land.There were no reports of damage from either waterspouts or twisters, which can be common during landfalling tropical systems.Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a severe weather disaster declaration for 51 counties throughout the state due to the potential of inland and coastal flooding.WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TROPICAL DEPRESSION, TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE?The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Tropical Storm Alberto is moving to the west at 9 mph, and that motion is expected to continue through Thursday with an increase in forward speed. On that track, the NHC expects Tropical Storm Alberto to reach the northeastern coast of Mexico early Thursday morning.Tropical Storm Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, and some slight strengthening is expected Wednesday or Wednesday night before the storm makes landfall.Once it does, rapid weakening is expected, and Alberto will likely dissipate over Mexico on Thursday or Thursday night.2024 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON GUIDE: HERE’S WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS YEAR’S STORMSA Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the Texas coast from Port O’Connor to the mouth of the Rio Grande. A Tropical Storm Warning has also been issued for parts of Mexico’s coast from the mouth of the Rio Grande to Tecolutla.HOW TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SEASONDOWNLOAD THE FREE FOX WEATHER APPTropical Storm Alberto is expected to dump a lot of rain across portions of Texas and northern Mexico.The NHC said rainfall totals of 5-10 inches are possible in South Texas, and up to 20 inches of rain is possible in some parts of Mexico.”This rainfall will likely produce considerable flash and urban flooding along with new and renewed river flooding,” the NHC said. In addition, mudslides are possible in the higher terrain of northeastern Mexico.

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