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Tropical Storm Alberto makes landfall in Mexico, storm surge threat ongoing for Texas

In this aerial image, vehicles drive through flooded neighborhoods on June 19, 2024 in Surfside Beach, Texas. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

(NEW YORK) — Tropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, made landfall in Mexico early Thursday after pummeling Texas with rain.

In Mexico, three minors were killed in the storm, according to state emergency officials. Two were electrocuted and one drowned in a river.

In Texas, Alberto brought significant storm surge of more than 4 feet.

The city of Rockport, just north of Corpus Christi, was inundated with a whopping 9.5 inches of rain.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 51 counties on Wednesday.

Alberto weakened from a tropical storm to a tropical depression on Thursday after landfall. As Alberto continues to move through Mexico on Thursday, on-shore winds will continue to bring several feet of storm surge from Galveston to Corpus Christi.

The worst of the rain is done for coastal Texas, from Galveston to Corpus Christi.

The heaviest rain has now moved into the mountains of Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border.

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