If you have any plans this weekend that are scheduled to take place outside, chances are they're either going to suck or get canceled.
After more than a month of relatively dry weather, forecasters early this week started saying we were finally in store for a rain-soaked weekend. At first, it looked like it was just a disturbance forming over Central America that could swing our way, dumping the kind of rain we haven't seen in many weeks.
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By this morning, things were looking a bit more serious. As Eric "SciGuy" Berger puts it over at the Houston Chronicle, "Texas, at this point, is surrounded by moisture." There are now three major weather systems that could combine to dump heavy rain across Texas between now and Monday. There's a low-pressure system hovering over New Mexico that's likely to move east across Texas.There's more moisture gathering over the Gulf of Mexico that could move inland. And then there's the big one: Hurricane Patricia.
Patricia seems to have stunned forecasters by how quickly it grew in the warm Pacific waters off Mexico this week. The storm now threatens to slam into southwestern Mexico as a Category 5 storm, with sustained winds up to 200 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Officials say they can only think of one other hurricane in the history of modern storm tracking that grew so fast. Many are reporting that Patricia appears to be the strongest hurricane ever recorded.
While Hurricane Patricia may, as it swings north into south Texas, add to the 3 to 6 inches of rain we might get over the weekend, the Associated Press reports that the strongest-ever hurricane will first barrel through dozens of municipalities along southwest Mexico's pacific coast. Residents there were reportedly being evacuated Friday.
So sure, Houstonians. Check your plans for this weekend, because they might've changed (our Tacolandia event, for instance, has been rescheduled). But when it comes to weather news, we're kinda the lucky ones this time. It's the folks in southwest Mexico who are now bracing for what forecasters are calling Hurricane Patricia's "potentially catastrophic landfall."