Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 slows down, bringing tropical storm force winds to Gulf Coast
Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 continues to bring heavy rain and tropical storm force winds across the northern Gulf Coast as it nears the shore, but it has yet to develop into a tropical cyclone.
There is still a high chance the system will become a tropical or subtropical storm through Saturday morning while the center is over or near water. The system is expected to begin weakening Saturday afternoon as it moves farther inland.
Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, with higher gusts, according to an advisory issued at 10 p.m. CT from the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles east of the center.
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On the forecast track, the system should moved inland over Louisiana during the next several hours, then move across portions of the Gulf coast and southeastern states through the weekend.
Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 is located 60 miles south-southeast of Morgan City, Louisiana, and is moving north at 13 mph.
A turn to the north to north-northeast is expected during the next day or so.
Expected impacts to Northwest Florida from Potential Tropical Cyclone 3
Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches are expected across portions of the Central Gulf Coast beginning today. Considerable flash, urban and small stream flooding impacts as well as new and renewed minor to isolated moderate river flooding are likely.
The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.
Tropical storm conditions are beginning to reach the coast within the warning area, and these winds will continue into Saturday.
There is a threat for a tornado or two this afternoon across coastal Louisiana, spreading overnight into Saturday across southern portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.
Latest data on Potential Tropical Cyclone 3
Here is the latest data on Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 pulled from the National Hurricane Center's 10 p.m. CT advisory.
- Location: 60 miles south-southeast of Morgan City, Louisiana
- Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph
- Movement: north at 13 mph
- Pressure: 1,007 MB (millibars)
- When next advisory will be released: 4 a.m. CT
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Watches and warnings in effect
A tropical storm warning is in effect for:
- East of Morgan City, Louisiana to the Okaloosa/Walton County line Florida.
- Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and metropolitan New Orleans
A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within 6 to 12 hours.
Residents elsewhere along the northern Gulf Coast should monitor the progress of this system.
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