Only a few days after getting rid of Hurricane Earl, a new system has spun up in the Gulf of Mexico. This cluster of showers and thunderstorms became more organized Sunday night and was dubbed Tropical Storm Hermine, just in time for Labor Day.
It's a good news/bad news situation with Hermine. The good news is, the center of circulation has formed very close to land. Remember, tropical systems need warm ocean water in order to gain strength. With its close proximity to land, there's just simply not much more time for strengthening to occur, although there is a slim chance this could become a weak hurricane just before landfall late Monday night. That's the bad news – this topical system will strike land, with areas most heavily impacted being the northern coast of Mexico and south Texas (an area that was hit fairly hard by Hurricane Alex earlier in the season).
Overall, this should be a relatively minor impact event along the Texas coast, but inland areas could face a flood threat as the remnants work into the Hill Country of Texas.
Otherwise, the tropics are rather quiet. We're still tracking a tropical wave that is the remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston. There is a high likelihood that this could regenerate into a tropical storm as it nears the Lesser Antilles -- if you're curious, it would keep the name Gaston if redevelopment were to occur.
Happy Labor Day,
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