Alberto is the first tropical storm of the hurricane season and has its sights set on Texas and Mexico, threatening the Gulf Coast,NBC News reported:

“Tropical Storm Alberto formed over the western Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center announced Wednesday around 10 a.m., local time.

“With maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour, the storm is expected to strengthen slightly before reaching the coast of northeast Mexico early Thursday morning, National Hurricane Center spokesperson Maria Torres said.

“Alberto is expected to weaken rapidly once its center moves inland and will likely dissipate over Mexico late Thursday, Torres said.

“The storm was about 295 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas, traveling about 9 miles per hour, around 1 p.m. local time, officials said.

“The National Hurricane Center said tornadoes were possible Wednesday across parts of Texas. Up to 10 inches of rain is expected across northeast Mexico and South Texas. Some parts of Mexico, including Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas, could see up to 20 inches of rain.

“Tropical storm warnings are in place along the Texas coast from the San Luis Pass to the mouth of the Rio Grande, with high winds and as much as 10 to 15 inches of rain expected in Corpus Christi. The state government enacted a large-scale emergency response in anticipation of widespread flooding.”

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