A burgeoning storm system is expected to bring heavy rains and possible flooding to the Texas-Mexico border from Thursday, September 13, through Saturday, September 15. The storm cell, which has a 50 percent chance of forming into a tropical depression, will arrive between Corpus Christi and Brownsville. Rainfall totals of 5-10 cm (2-4 in) with isolated amounts of 15 cm (6 in) are expected, with the heaviest rains coming Friday, September 14. The US National Weather Service (NWS) is warning that the already saturated ground in the region will facilitate a higher likelihood of flooding. Flood warnings have been issued for the Nueces and Frio rivers. Texas cities of Laredo, Kingsville, and Victoria and the Mexican cities of Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo are also expected to be affected.
Tropical cyclones and hurricanes are common in the Gulf of Mexico from June through November.
Individuals should monitor local weather reports, anticipate flooding and associated transportation disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and foodstuffs discarded.
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