Hurricane Watch Issued for Texas, Mexico Hermine likely to hit hurricane status before making landfall By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Sep 6, 2010 10:12 AM CDT 5 comments Comments This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, September 3, 2010 at 1:45pm shows Hurricane Earl sitting about 350 miles south-southwest of Nantucket, Mass. (AP Photo/Weather Underground) (Newser) – A hurricane watch has been issued today for the coasts of Texas and Mexico in the Gulf as Tropical Storm Hermine approaches. The hurricane watch covers the area from Rio San Fernando, Mexico, northward to Baffin Bay, Texas. Hermine's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50mph. Additional strengthening is expected and the storm could approach hurricane strength before making landfall. Hermine is located about 205 miles south-southeast of Brownsville, Texas, and is moving north-northwest near 13mph. Heavy rain is predicted, with northeastern Mexico into south Texas getting 4 to 8 inches with as much as a foot in some places. It could cause flash floods and mudslides.