As expected, the area of suspicion we've been following over the southwest Caribbean sea has moved across Yucatan into the Gulf of Mexico, and this afternoon was upgraded to a tropical storm.
It is forecast to move towards the Texas/Louisiana coastline over the next 48 hours.While expected to remain a tropical storm until landfall, this storm could nevertheless deliver a small storm surge to coastal residents, drop as much as a foot of rain, and even spin off some small twisters as it comes ashore.
All interests in the projected path of this storm should monitor its progress via the National Hurricane Center, and pay heed to any guidance from their local emergency managment agencies.
If you are on Twitter, I highly recommend following @FEMA, @NHC_Atlantic, @NHC_Pacific and @ReadyGov.
The early forecast from NOAA (see (see 2017 Tropical Outlook: Above Normal Hurricane Season Expected) suggests a busy 2017 Atlantic Tropical Season, and with three named storms already by June 20th, the tropics have certainly delivered.
If you are unsure how to prepare, I'd recommend paying a visit to NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation Hurricane Preparedness Week 2017 web page, to learn what you need to do now to keep you, your family, and your property safe during the coming tropical season.