A storm system currently located in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to form into a tropical storm before making landfall on the Gulf Coast later in the week. According to current predictions by the National Hurricane Center, the storm will make landfall on the morning (local time) of Thursday, June 22, near the border between the states of Louisiana and Texas. A tropical storm watch is currently in effect for the coastline between Intracoastal City, Louisiana, and High Island, Texas. Lesser tropical storm warnings are in place for the coast between Intracoastal City and the Louisiana-Mississippi state line.
Torrential rain and winds of up to 117 km/h (73 mph) are forecast. Flooding may occur, particularly in coastal, low-lying, and river adjacent areas. Power outages and associated transportation disruptions are also possible.
Tropical waves, depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes, are common in the Gulf region during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.
Individuals in the above areas are advised to follow local weather forecasts, to adhere to any advice issued by the regional authorities (e.g. potential evacuation orders), and to confirm travel reservations. In the event of flooding, keep in mind that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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