During hurricane season, states along the Gulf of Mexico are vulnerable to tropical storms during hurricane season, which occurs from June 1 through November 30 every year. With over 300 miles of coastline, Texas is certainly one of these vulnerable states. However, just because it's hurricane season doesn't mean you have to cancel your trip to the Texas Gulf Coast, which is a great summer destination and prime vacation spot for going to the beach. In fact, this is actually one of the best times of year to visit the Texas coast.
Historically speaking, Texas has been less likely to get a storm than other Gulf Coast states like Florida. If you are planning a trip to Texas during hurricane season, make sure you have a good travel insurance plan and be aware of how each region might be affected if a hurricane were to roll into town.
Texas is a huge state and the regions of Texas are so large that they 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, such as the Hill Country or Piney Woods, you probably won't need to alter your plans. Just keep an eye on the weather and news notifications. Even if the storm is hitting somewhere else, there's still a chance it could rain wherever you end up.
Gulf Coast Vacations
If you are planning a trip to the Gulf Coast of Texas, take a few precautions during hurricane season. As your trip draws near, monitor the National Hurricane Center website, which will allow you to monitor storms 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 any effects. 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 might have a problem. If it is on a path toward southern 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.
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.