Tropical storm Don could provide drought relief.

It seems counter-intuitive to be rooting for a hurricane, but MidSouth residents may have to do just that for a chance to break the current heat wave. It’s more than a day away, but a tropical storm currently in the Gulf of Mexico could swing northward as it makes landfall, a move that could possibly result in rainfall from Texas to Kansas.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Florida, the storm’s maximum winds on Thursday were gauged at 45 mph, but the warm waters of the Gulf should continue to fuel the system and gradual strengthening is expected. On its current path, the storm should make land in south Texas late Friday or Saturday.

The hurricane center has issued a tropical storm warning for the Gulf coast in extreme south Texas, from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass.

The storm on Thursday was centered about 475 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, moving to the northwest at 15 mph.

Despite the possibility of rain – in some instances as much as three inches – officials say tropical storm Don will not provide enough rainfall to offset the longterm drought conditions across the MidSouth.

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