PADRE ISLAND, Texas - Tropical Storm Harold made landfall Tuesday morning along the Texas coast, marking the first U.S. hit of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Harold hit Padre Island around 11 a.m. ET with maximum sustained winds near 50 mph, the NHC said. It was downgraded to a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon.
Heavy rains and tropical-storm-force winds were expected for the next several hours as Harold moved toward the west-northwest near 21 mph. The depression is expected to move inland over southern Texas and north Mexico on Tuesday.
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The National Hurricane Center is also tracking Tropical Storm Franklin, which is approaching landfall along the southern coast of Hispaniola on Tuesday, plus three more disturbances in the Atlantic.