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After Harvey, Tropical Storm Irma isn't far behind

Posted at 2:33 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 17:11:32-04

Tropical Storm Harvey made a second landfall on Wednesday along the Texas-Louisiana border, and the flooding rains associated with it are moving away from Texas and into Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Earlier in the week, it was looking like Tropical Storm Irma may form off the East Coast, giving the United States two tropical cyclone landfalls on two coasts in just as many weeks.

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While Harvey is still going strong, the system along the East Coast has fizzled and been pushed out into the Atlantic.

Now forecasters are watching a second storm system in the middle of the Atlantic, which is now Tropical Storm Irma.

Tropical Storm Irma is expected to continue to strengthen through the end of the week and into the weekend, possibly becoming a hurricane by early next week.

It's still too early to say whether or not Tropical Storm Irma will make a United States landfall. Some forecast models show it staying in the Atlantic while others send it closer to Hispaniola and Puerto Rico.

Late August and September are peak hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, and it's not out of the ordinary to see a new tropical storm or hurricane every week or two. That's certainly been the case in the second half of August.