MIAMI (AP) – Tropical Storm Humberto formed Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico, and officials issued warnings for parts of the Texas and Louisiana coasts where heavy rain could cause flooding.
Rain was already falling along the Gulf Coast at 2 p.m. EDT, with Humberto’s center still about 70 miles south-southwest of Galveston, Texas, the National Hurricane Center said.
The eighth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was expected to move ashore later Wednesday.
Forecasters warned of storm surge flooding of 2 feet to 3 feet near where the storm’s center makes landfall.
About 5 to 10 inches of rain was expected along the middle and upper Texas coast and in southwestern Louisiana, with some areas getting as much as 15 inches, senior hurricane specialist Jack Beven said.
Humberto formed from a depression that developed Wednesday morning.
A depression becomes a named tropical storm when its sustained winds reach 39 mph, and a hurricane when those winds reach 74 mph.
Another tropical depression also formed Wednesday far in the open Atlantic, about 1,130 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.
It had maximum sustained winds near 35 mph and was moving west-northwest at about 12 mph.
Forecasters said it could become a tropical storm later Wednesday.