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Tropical Storm Octave Is Expected To Weaken as It Nears Baja

Monday, 14 Oct 2013 10:01 AM

By Michael Mullins

Tropical Storm Octave's 65 mph winds are expected to rapidly weaken as it approaches the southern Baja California Peninsula at the start of this week.

As of Sunday it was approximately 315 miles south of the peninsula's tip traveling north-northwest at about at 13 mph , according to Miami's National Hurricane Center, Reuters reported.

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On Sunday, the National Hurricane Center issued a warning via Twitter.

Due to the tropical storm's dissipation in the coming days, heavy rains and gusty winds are expected to impact the central area of the Baja Peninsula, before moving further inland into Mexico and eventually affecting parts of Texas, where it could potentially cause flooding in certain areas.

"The biggest concern [in the United States] is that moisture gets drawn up from Octave and over a front draped over Texas," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Joseph McCormick told the Inquisitr.

While the storm's strength is supposed to fluctuate on Monday, Tropical Storm Octave is expected to slow and weaken by Tuesday, giving way to a remnant low pressure area, UPI.com reported.

According to Weather.com, the storm is projected to move into the Southern Plains where it will lead to rain later this week.

Tropical Storm Octave's dissipation over the week epitomizes this year's hurricane season, which by all accounts was a dud.

So far this year there have been 11 named storms, however only two, Humberto and Ingrid, were classified as hurricanes. None of the storms have made landfall, Time magazine noted.

A reason why there have been such weak storms this year as compared to past hurricane seasons is the unusually dry air, according to Texas A&M University researcher Robert Korty.

"We started off the season with several back in June and July, but then August and September, usually the most active months, were very slow," Korty explained in Texas A&M's school newspaper, the Tamu Times.

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In comparison to this year's unusually quiet hurricane season, in 2005 there were 28 total storms, of which seven were major hurricanes, including Katrina and Rita. More than 3,900 people died in the 2005 hurricane season, which caused an estimated $160 billion in damages, the Tamu Times reported.

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