Tropical Storm Don continues to churn westward through the western Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall late tonight along the lower Texas coast as a tropical storm.
Due to the small and compact nature of the storm, the heavy rain that Don will provide will be limited in scope and size to a much smaller area than a larger storm would have provided. In fact, the areas along the Coastal Bend and extending towards South Central Texas could pick up 2-4 inches of rain. This will certainly provide some relief from the drought as soaking rains from the feeder bands will move in starting Friday evening and lasting through most of the day on Saturday.
Our impacts will be very minor here in Deep East Texas. We will have a decent shot of rain again today, but it will not be directly related to Don. Plenty of moisture will combine with another upper level disturbance to trigger a few showers and pockets of rain through the Pineywoods.
Had Don taken more of a northerly track, we would be looking at more substantial rainfall in the Texas Forest Country. Instead, only a portion of the Lone Star State will get wet, but at least this tropical storm will help out those areas who need the rain just as much as we do.
For the latest position and forecast track on Don, please check out our Hurricane Center. It is there where you can also get the latest satellite imagery from the tropics.
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