The system was expected to become a tropical depression by Thursday morning, a tropical storm by Thursday night and a hurricane on Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center. An Air Force Reserve Unit reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon.
The best we can do now is stay aware of the latest forecasts and be prepared for the possibility tropical storm conditions for portions of our area just in case, and hope it's all for naught, and also that the system is not stronger than anticipated at landfall. On the forecast track, the system is expected to approach the central U.S. Gulf coast this weekend.
The storm could bring more heavy rain and flooding to New Orleans, which was inundated with up to half a foot of rain on Wednesday morning, triggering a flash flood emergency for the area.More news: Iran says U.S. sanctions are ‘warfare’
A storm swamped streets in New Orleans and prompted a tornado warning near the city Wednesday as concerns grew that even worse weather, including a possible hurricane, could strike Louisiana and other states along the Gulf of Mexico within days.
The local impacts from Potential Tropical Cyclone Two are still a bit uncertain as there is unusually low confidence in the track of this system.
Regardless of the classification this system develops into, both Louisiana and MS are forecast to see very heavy rain - more than a foot in some places, Brink said.More news: Nintendo Announces Switch Lite
But the risks extended beyond New Orleans, the governor said.
Shell has evacuated all non-essential staff from eastern Gulf drilling rigs, with more action on the horizon depending on how the storm develops, spokeswoman Cindy Babski told CNN. PTC Two should form into a tropical depression soon. A majority of the Euro (see Fig. 2) and GFS (see Fig. 3) ensemble members show a projected landfall of a strong topical storm somewhere between the upper-Texas coast and Louisiana by the weekend. There is also a threat of higher surf and rip currents in area beaches.
Wind: tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by late Thursday or early Friday. The year before, however, hurricane season was a lot more devastating: total losses for the oil industry-production and refining-hit US$200 billion, which became the highest storm bill in history.More news: Here's how to join Google Messages' Beta program
Tropical Storm Emily from 2017 was the last time that a named tropical system made landfall in the United States during the month of July, which is typically a quieter month in the Atlantic ahead of peak hurricane season that spans from mid-August to mid-October.