(eTN) – Hermine is a tropical storm and is producing heavy rainfall over Texas. So far, the National Weather Service has not issued any coastal watches or warnings. Maximum sustained winds remain near 40 mph with higher gusts, and Hermine is expected to become a tropical depression tonight.
Tropical storm force winds will occur over a small area near the center of Hermine for the next few hours, and water levels along the Texas coast will gradually recede but remain above normal for the next day or two. Total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected with possible isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches from the middle Texas coast northward through central Texas and over central and eastern Oklahoma. The rains are expected to spread northeastward across southeastern Kansas and Missouri during the next few days.
Heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding and isolated tornadoes are possible over portions of central and southeast Texas today.
The following airlines have issued travel advisories:
Storm conditions are expected to make air travel difficult in Texas, forcing some delays and cancellations of flights at airports in the region, including at its Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport. To avoid inconvenience, travelers may wish to delay commencement of their trip.
Customers scheduled on flights to, from, or through affected airports through September 8, 2010, are permitted a one-time date or time change to their itinerary without penalty providing rescheduled travel originates by September 15, 2010. If a flight has been canceled, a refund in the original form of payment may be requested. Complete details are available at www.continental.com – customers should enter their confirmation number and last name in “Manage Reservations.” Customers may also call Continental Airlines reservations at 800-525-0280 or their travel agent.