Houston, Texas. August 31st: As the rainfall from now tropical storm Harvey continues to pour down on southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana, a new tropical storm is forming over the far eastern Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday. The storm, named Irma, poses no immediate threat to land, the center said in its latest advisory. However, “some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Irma could become a hurricane on Friday,” said the advisory. For now, Irma has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles an hour.
Tropical Storm Harvey made a second landfall on Wednesday along the Texas-Louisiana border, and the flooding rains associated with it are moving away from Texas and into Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Earlier in the week, it was looking like Tropical Storm Irma may form off the East Coast, giving the United States two tropical cyclone landfalls on two coasts in just as many weeks.
While Harvey is still going strong, the system along the East Coast has fizzled and been pushed out into the Atlantic.
Now forecasters are watching a second storm system in the middle of the Atlantic, which is now Tropical Storm Irma.
Tropical Storm Irma is expected to continue to strengthen through the end of the week and into the weekend, possibly becoming a hurricane by early next week.
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It’s still too early to say whether or not Tropical Storm Irma will make a United States landfall. Some forecast models show it staying in the Atlantic while others send it closer to Hispaniola and Puerto Rico.
Late August and September are peak hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, and it’s not out of the ordinary to see a new tropical storm or hurricane every week or two. That’s certainly been the case in the second half of August.