Tropical Storm Alberto forms in Gulf, brings heavy rain to Texas

A tropical system off the coast of Mexico has strengthened into Tropical Storm Alberto and is bringing heavy rain, coastal flooding and gusty winds to Texas.

Alberto -- the first named storm of the season -- is forecast to make landfall in Mexico overnight and will impact Texas through Thursday.

PHOTO: Tropical Storm Alberto is moving west at 9 mph and is expected to increase in speed, making landfall in Mexico overnight.  (ABC News)
PHOTO: Tropical Storm Alberto is moving west at 9 mph and is expected to increase in speed, making landfall in Mexico overnight. (ABC News)

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Heavy rain is underway in south Texas and will be most widespread from Wednesday afternoon to Wednesday evening. Scattered showers will last through Thursday.

PHOTO:  A satellite image released by NOAA shows a tropical storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico, June 19, 2024.  (NOAA)
PHOTO: A satellite image released by NOAA shows a tropical storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico, June 19, 2024. (NOAA)

Rain totals could reach 10 inches in Texas and up to 20 inches in the mountains of Mexico.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott preemptively declared a severe weather disaster declaration on Wednesday, due to the threats posed by Alberto.

PHOTO: There is a Moderate Risk for excessive rainfall leading to flash flooding in south Texas including places such as Corpus Christi and Brownsville. (ABC News)
PHOTO: There is a Moderate Risk for excessive rainfall leading to flash flooding in south Texas including places such as Corpus Christi and Brownsville. (ABC News)

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Texas coast, from San Luis Pass to Corpus Christi to the mouth of the Rio Grande. There’s a moderate risk for flash flooding in Corpus Christi and Brownsville.

Storm surge has already topped 4 feet at San Luis Pass, in Texas, just south of Galveston Island.

Coastal flooding is also a threat for the Louisiana coast, including New Orleans.

PHOTO: Troop C troopers in Louisiana State monitor roadway conditions for high water on LA Highway 1 between Golden Meadow and Grand Isle in Lafourche Parish, ahead of Tropical Storm Alberto in the Gulf, June 19, 2024. (Louisiana State Police/Facebook)
PHOTO: Troop C troopers in Louisiana State monitor roadway conditions for high water on LA Highway 1 between Golden Meadow and Grand Isle in Lafourche Parish, ahead of Tropical Storm Alberto in the Gulf, June 19, 2024. (Louisiana State Police/Facebook)

There’s also the chance of a few tornadoes.

Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30.

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