Please someone tell Rick Perry he can stop praying for rain.
All eyes are on a not-so-well-defined disturbance in the Gulf that, from the looks of it, could dump even more heavy rains on the already water-logged Greater Houston area. According to the National Weather Service, there's an 80 percent chance this thing could develop into a tropical depression or Tropical Storm Bill.
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What this means for Houston is really anyone's guess at this point. According to the models thus far, the thing could start hitting South East Texas by later today. Initially, it looked like the Houston area was right in the crosshairs, but as Eric Berger over at the Houston Chronicle reports, forecast models yesterday started to shift, pointing to possible landfall closer to the Corpus Christi area.
The National Weather Service reports that rain could start coming later this morning and then increase throughout the day. By tonight we should start seeing thunderstorms that could produce heavy rainfall.
But the real show starts tomorrow when this tropical disturbance is expected to make landfall. Berger with the Chron reports that should the disturbance hit further south along the coast, we could see anywhere 3 to 4 inches of rain. But if it hits closer to home, we could see more flooding with widespread rain totals of 6 to 8 inches and isolated pockets seeing 10- to 15-inch rainfalls.
Basically: carry an umbrella, stay tuned to the weather reports, and be careful where you drive once the rain starts to come down.