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Gulf Coast braces for flooding downpours, drought relief

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A tropical disturbance is moving towards the Texas and Louisiana coast, bringing with it the threat of flash flooding but also some much-needed drought relief.

Key Highlights

Threats: Flash flooding, Intense downpours, travel disruptions

States affected: TX, LA, AR, MS, AL, FL

When: Wednesday June 29 - Friday July 1

A Flood of Relief

Intense downpours from a tropical rainstorm will bring flooding concerns to the southcentral U.S. The greatest risk for flooding is along portions of Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, through the end of this week. The tropical rainstorm is currently disorganized, but forecasters caution that even a weak system can bring in flooding rain. As tropical moisture surges into the coast it will interact with a stalled front, bringing rounds of torrential downpours. While the heaviest rain is expected on the Texas coast as the rainstorm moves over land Thursday, intense rainfall will be possible as far east as Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.

Gulf downpours

Waters in the Gulf of Mexico are already warm enough to promote further tropical development and strengthening. While development from a tropical rainstorm into a tropical depression or named storm is not a guarantee, it cannot be completely ruled out either. Flooding rain is forecasted into the second half of the week regardless of whether or not the tropical rainstorm becomes a named tropical storm. Multiple rounds of rain and thunderstorms may move over the same locations, causing rainfall totals to rise quickly.


Businesses in the area need to keep a close eye on this system and should:

  • Expect ground logistics disruption due to road closures and flooded roadways
  • Take precautions to prevent  the loss of inventory due to flooding - If your warehouse is in a low-lying area, precautions should be taken
  • Ensure all employees and visitors on-site have a way to be notified of severe weather

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