A hurricane watch for Tropical Storm Hermine has been issued for the coasts of Texas and Mexico.
Tropical Storm Hermine is located about 205 miles south-southeast of Brownsville, Texas - 130 miles east-southeast of La Pesca, Mexico, and is moving north-northwest at around 13 mph.
Hermine's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 kph). Additional strengthening is expected and the storm could approach hurricane strength before making landfall.
The system off Mexico's east coast strengthened in the past three hours, with maximum sustained winds of about 50 miles (85 kilometers) per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a website advisory just before 11 a.m. New York time. Hermine is forecast to strengthen further before coming ashore near the Mexico-U.S. border.
Mexican authorities are urging people to move to shelters, but there are no immediate evacuation plans. Officials in Texas distributed sandbags and warn of flash floods in the effected areas.
Heavy rain is predicted with northeastern Mexico into south Texas getting 4 to 8 inches with as much as a foot in some places. It could cause flash floods and mudslides. Rainfall amounts may cause life-threatening flash flood and mudslides especially over the higher terrain of northeastern Mexico.
The Gulf of Mexico is home to about 31 percent of U.S. oil output and 10 percent of natural gas production. The Gulf Coast houses 43 percent of the operable U.S. refining capacity, according to the Energy Department.
For people with a disability, barrier free, as well as, barrier-ridden environments become a great deal more hostile and difficult to deal with during and after an emergency. The critical needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities during hurricanes and natural disaster emergencies include the evacuation of transit systems, getting to safe shelter, and full access to transportation systems when there is a need to evacuate a particular location.
Latest Tropical Storm Hermine Advisory notices - www.noaawatch.gov/2010/tc_at10.php