Tropical development likely, details still a question mark

Tropical development likely, details still a question mark

Tropical development likely, details still a question mark

The Hurricane Center's forecast calls for Potential Tropical Cyclone Two to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning with 80-mile-per-hour winds before making landfall late Saturday or early Sunday in East Texas or Louisiana. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service storm surge watch/warning graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.

The system could track along the northern Gulf of Mexico this week and bring thunderstorms to several states along the Gulf Coast.

"The storm will sit over the Gulf of Mexico for a few days and may eventually become partially or fully tropical in nature during the time period from late this week into next weekend", said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Adam Douty.

The likelihood of a tropical system is still high in the northern Gulf of Mexico through the rest of the week.

Potential storm surge has caused the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the Mississippi River, including New Orleans, through Saturday. The low is now located over the Florida Panhandle and moving into the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

New Orleans is once again seeing unsafe flooding, this time thanks to a brewing tropical storm system which is gathering strength over the Gulf of Mexico and may soon make landfall as Hurricane Barry. However, should the system come back inland to North America, it is possible that sometime next week remaining moisture or rain could get tied up in a weather system that would head our way.

"The most recent July tropical storm landfall was Tropical Storm Emily in Florida in 2017", he said.

The biggest factors in the eventual track of the system - whatever it becomes - are areas of high pressure stationed over the southern Plains and off the Atlantic coast.

Parts of Louisiana could see up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain by Monday, with heavier amounts possible in some spots, forecasters said.

"The greatest threat of severe to strong storms (on Thursday) looks like it's going to be a little further west", in eastern Pennsylvania, O'Brien said.

The Gulf Coast area is prepared for intense weather. A tornado or waterspout was also spotted near the University of New Orleans, WWL-TV said.

This means tropical storm conditions will take effect within 48 hours.

The onshore flow continues with scattered showers and storms developing along the sea breeze front, near and along I-95 during afternoon, evening.

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