Chances Are That A Tropical Depression Will Form In The Gulf Next Week

There’s a tropical disturbance in the Caribbean just off Honduras which is moving into the Gulf of Mexico and likely to become a tropical depression in the next five days.

Forecasters now give it a 70 percent chance of development into a tropical depression within the next five days, likely late this weekend or early next week. The system has a 40 percent chance of development within two days.

While the system is likely to make it to the Gulf of Mexico, it’s too early to say where it will go from there or whether it could strengthen further, forecasters say. Josh Eachus, meteorologist with WBRZ in Baton Rouge, wrote that much of what happens will depend on the timing of a cold front thats coming in from the northwest and how it interacts with the tropical system.

It’s too early to know whether this system will develop into a named storm much less a hurricane, and it’s also too early to know if Louisiana or Texas have anything to worry about, but after what Florence did to the Carolinas, one can be excused for an abundance of caution.

The last hurricane to hit Louisiana was in October of last year, when Hurricane Nate made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River with 85 mph winds. It did little damage, affecting Biloxi, Mississippi more than it did Louisiana. Hurricane Harvey also affected Louisiana, actually making landfall in Cameron Parish, becoming a tropical storm around the time of its landfall. As much as four feet of floodwater hit Lake Charles as part of the storm.

The last hurricane making a true hit on Louisiana was Hurricane Isaac in August of 2012. Isaac carried eleven feet of storm surge in Shell Beach and knocked out power to more than 600,000 customers in the state.

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