Tropical Storm Arlene
June 30, 2011 by USA Post
Although Arlene is expected to make landfall sometime today over northeastern Mexico, the tropical humidity of the storm has been making their way south of Cameron County.
County workers on Wednesday were the removal of trash barrels and signs County beaches in anticipation of flooding that could begin tonight, authorities said. County Parks Director Javier Mendez said the waves were picking up on the island and afternoon officials Wednesday closed access to parts of Andy Bowie Park and Playa de Boca Chica.
County Judge Carlos H. Cascos said he ordered the closure of beach access No. 5 and No. 6 and access to the beach of Boca Chica, due to high tides, rip currents and dangerous driving conditions. Access will be closed until this afternoon.
“I asked our police authorities to ensure that persons or vehicles are allowed in these areas,” Hulls said in a news release. “It’s very important that the public pay attention to all warnings and keep out of danger.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, Arlene was located 85 miles east of Tuxpan, Mexico.
Greg Flatt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Brownsville, said the NWS was reporting water and reaches the dunes on Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, a warning of coastal flooding and high surf warning remains in effect until Friday morning for the Cameron County.
Great waves of the Gulf are expected to bring dangerous rip currents and tidal flooding, the NWS reports.
Some flooding was expected overnight on the beaches, and forecasters said some erosion might also occur the waves push further into the beach.
Heavy rain is expected to continue in the area today and Friday. There is a probability of 70 percent for heavy rain today and a probability of 40 percent for heavy rain tonight. More rain in the forecast through the weekend.
The rain until Friday is likely to range from 1 to 3 inches, with up to 5 inches in some parts of the county, said Flatt.
While no flooding is expected, there could be flooding in low lying areas and roads, the NWS reports.
The waves of the Gulf are expected to increase to 8 to 10 feet Wednesday and remain at this point today.
The risk of hangover was raised to “high risk” and will remain there for the weekend.
In preparation for the rain, Cameron County and city crews Brownsville earlier this week were busy cleaning ditches and testing equipment to remove standing water.
County employees in recent weeks had been preparing sandbags should not be a need for them. In addition, the bombs were placed near the Mariposa Ranch near Harlingen, which received heavy flooding last week.
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