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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 as of 11:14 AM ET

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  • Harvey, Irma and Lidia

    Good morning everyone.

    It has been incredibly busy this last week tracking one of the most devastating storms in our nation’s history.  And now we are watching a few other things that could potentially impact the U.S. in the next few days.  Bottom line is if you live in an area that could be impacted by a tropical storm or a hurricane, please know what your emergency plans are and what and your possible evacuation route is.  Have an emergency kit in your home and in your car at all times.

    As what’s left of now Tropical Depression Harvey moves northeastward from Louisiana into the Tennessee and Ohio River Valley through Saturday, an additional 4-8” of rain will fall across these regions and even enhance rainfall into the Southeast and southern Appalachians.

    The tornado threat today extends from northern MS, AL, and GA into Tennessee.

    We are continuing to monitor the potential for rain to return to the upper Texas coast and Louisiana early next week.

    Our computer models are indicating that heavy rain, possibly associated with a tropical entity, will develop over the western Gulf of Mexico and possibly move toward the northern Gulf Coast .  If any system, whether it be a depression or storm, moved more towards the central and eastern Gulf Of Mexico, TX-southwestern LA would not receive much rainfall.

    Tropical Storm Irma is close to hurricane status far out in the Atlantic.

    Irma is forecast to continue strengthening as it approaches  the Lesser Antilles/Puerto Rico in a week, next Wednesday-Thursday time frame.  It’s still too early to tell whether Irma will have direct impacts there and  U.S. impacts, *if any* would be a full 10-11 days away.

    In the East Pacific south of Cabo San Lucas we have Tropical Storm Lidia.  Lidia is strengthening and forecast to impact Cabo later this afternoon/evening as a tropical storm,  potentially a hurricane.  Tropical Storm Warnings and Hurricane Watches are posted.

    We will continue to watch all of this over the next week.  Please be safe and prepared.


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  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.