Tropical Storm Octave is growing stronger near Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Reuters reports on Sept. 13 that winds have reached 65 miles per hour. Forecasters predict the storm will continue to grow before landfall is reached.
Octave does not pose a threat to land at this time. However, it could create dangerous rainfall if it continues to increase in strength. Texas is most likely to be affected by Tropical Storm Octave. Although forecasters do not believe high winds will be an issue, they are concerned strong rains could lead to serious flooding in Texas. In Mexico, Cabo San Lucas could see strong storms.
Miami's National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring the storm. Octave is still 315 miles away from Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Despite the predictions, agencies are not issuing any warnings or watches. Tropical Storm Octave could still defy the predictions and decrease in strength.
Mexico is watching the storm closely after two tropical storms caused extensive damage last month. Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel created landslides, high winds and flooding. More than a dozen people died in September.