Tips for Visiting the Texas Coast During Hurricane Season

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Texas, like other Gulf Coast states, is vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms during hurricane season, from June 1 through November 30 every year. But this doesn't mean you should reject out of hand a trip to the Texas Gulf Coast during those months, which include the summer season and prime beach-going days. In fact, some of the best Texas vacation activities and events occur during this time.

Historically speaking, Texas has been less likely to get a storm than its Gulf Coast neighbors like Florida. But if you are planning a trip to the Texas Gulf Coast during hurricane season, there are a few things you should be aware of.

Texas Regions

First of all, be aware that Texas is a huge state. In fact, several regions of Texas are practically states within the state. Of these, the Gulf Coast region is really the only area that is severely affected by hurricanes and tropical storms. So if you plan to visit another region, like, say, the Hill Country or Piney Woods, you probably won't need to alter your plans. Just keep an eye on any watches and warnings close to the time you plan to visit. If it's a monster hurricane it could rain on your parade in other parts of Texas even if it is downgraded to a tropical storm.

Gulf Coast Vacations

If you are planning a trip to the Gulf Coast of Texas, the smart money is on taking a few precautions. As your trip draws near, monitor the National Hurricane Center website. It will let you know if there is a storm brewing in either the Gulf of Mexico or anywhere in the Atlantic Basin. If the storm is far out in the Atlantic Ocean as your trip begins, you can probably make it through your vacation in Texas without noticing so much as a drop of rain other than during normal thunderstorms. If a tropical storm or hurricane is already in the Gulf of Mexico, take note of the storm's projected path.

A storm predicted to hit the northern or eastern Gulf Coast, like Florida's Panhandle or West Coast, rarely threatens Texas or even affects its weather.

On the other hand, if a storm is projected to hit Texas or the northern Mexican coast, you should consider that a threat. If it is on a path toward South Texas or northern Mexico, a trip to the upper or middle Texas coast is possibly safe. Likewise, if it's headed to the upper Texas or Louisiana coast, a trip to Corpus Christi or South Padre Island would probably be unaffected. But in all cases, you should monitor weather reports before you leave for your trip since storms can change direction and strengthen quickly and without much warning.

Alternatives

If a storm is projected to coincide with the time of your trip and hit your destination, you can either postpone your trip or switch your plans to another area of the Texas Gulf Coast. As a last resort, instead of abandoning a trip to Texas altogether, try making an alternate plan to visit the Hill Country, West Texas, the Piney Woods, or any other inland region of Texas. After all, there is a lot to see in the Lone Star State, and most of it never suffers the full force of a hurricane.