MIAMI, Florida – NOAA’s National Hurricane Center issued a Public Advisory at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, July 23, 2020, due to the presence of Tropical Depression Eight that is tracking towards Texas.
If T.D. 8 strengthens into a tropical storm, the next name on the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Names list is Hanna.
Tropical Depression 8 is located 380 miles east-southeast of Port Oconnor, Texas, and is moving to the west-northwest at 9 mph (15 km/h).
NHC forecasters say that this general motion is expected during the next few days.
On the NHC forecast track, the center of the depression is expected to move across the northwestern Gulf of Mexico today and Friday and make landfall along the Texas coast on Saturday.
Spaghetti models are in strong agreement that the tropical cyclone will continue on a west-northwesterly track across the Gulf of Mexico.
The official track NHC forecast track is a little faster than the previous one but not quite as fast as the latest dynamical model consensus.
Tropical Depression 8 has maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (45 km/h), with higher gusts.
T.D. 8 is forecast to slowly strengthen into Tropical Storm Hanna in a day or so.
An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is currently en route to investigate the depression.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Port Mansfield to High Island, Texas.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
Interests elsewhere along the Texas and Louisiana coasts should monitor the progress of this system.