US travel advisory for August 1, 2018
Posted August 1st, 2018 12:59pm EDT The US is experiencing its most severe heat wave in decades, with the National Weather Service issuing an advisory for residents to be ready to evacuate to higher ground.
The warning, which is in effect from 10am ET to 10pm ET on August 1 and includes the most severe weather expected to hit the area, says the threat is still “low”.
The National Weather Services National Hurricane Center said in a statement that the storm system is expected to strengthen over the next few days and move away from the west coast of the United States by mid-August.
It will then be expected to dissipate, but the National Hurricane Centre warned residents to stay off of the coast.
The storm has already brought severe winds, high tides and tornadoes in the US and Puerto Rico, and is expected in the western Gulf of Mexico and the western United States next week.
Residents who live in areas that have experienced heavy rainfall and coastal flooding are urged to avoid driving or using the roads until the storm passes.
The National Hurricane Centers hurricane tracking website said there was a 5.9-magnitude chance of the storm making landfall in Texas by mid August.
In California, the Storm Prediction Center warned of the possibility of up to 3 feet of rain in the San Francisco Bay area, and up to 5 feet in Los Angeles.
The Storm Prediction Centre said it is possible that a tornado may develop over parts of the San Diego region and inland, and that a potential tornado could develop over San Diego County in northern California.
Heavy rainfall and high winds are expected in parts of Texas on Wednesday.
The US National Weather Agency issued an advisory on Tuesday for people living in areas with heavy rainfall to evacuate.
It said residents should be prepared for a potential threat of high winds and hail, and should take shelter in their homes.
There are no confirmed reports of injuries in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The storms are expected to weaken over the weekend.
Temperatures will peak in the morning, then begin to cool as the storm moves inland, the National Climatic Data Center said.
On Thursday, the storm was expected to move north-northwest, and would become a tropical storm on Friday.
The weather service issued a tropical wave warning for parts of South Florida and the Florida Keys, which were already affected by severe flooding and landslides last week.
A tropical storm warning was issued for portions of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Weather forecasters have forecast that the area will experience wind gusts of up, gusts up to 60 mph and sustained winds of up 75 mph by Saturday morning.
The Florida Keys will receive a severe weather advisory as well, with a possible coastal flooding advisory.