Tropical Storm Warning issued for Louisiana coast

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 19, 2019

"Persons located within these (storm surge warning) areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions".

"This is a life-threatening situation", the hurricane center said Friday morning.

Forecasters say Tropical Storm Nestor is zeroing in on Florida as it moves across the Gulf of Mexico.

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A couple of tornadoes will be possible as the tropical disturbance combined with a warm front off Florida produce spin in the atmosphere.

Nestor was forecast to hit the coast around Mexico Beach on Saturday morning without strengthening into a hurricane.

As Nestor makes a path toward the Florida Panhandle town, Mayor Al Cathey said there's little activity in terms of storm preparation.

This year the area has been more affected by a weeks-long drought. "A little rain is welcome".

An area of low pressure in the southern Gulf of Mexico now has a 70 percent chance of development. This is the area where the strongest winds and highest storm surge is likely to occur. Parts of the state, especially the Panhandle will receive gusty winds but that is not the main threat with this storm.

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially has its fourteenth named storm.

Conditions are expected to deteriorate Friday into early Saturday. On the forecast track, the system will approach the northern Gulf coast Friday and Friday night and then move over portions of the southeastern United States on Saturday.

Heavy rain on the tune to 2 to 4 inches across the Central Gulf Coast up through the Eastern Carolinas where isolated totals may be close to 6 inches.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued from the Mississippi Alabama border region to the area around Florida's Aucilla River and from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the Mouth of the Pearl River, according to WFTS-TV.

For now we're just looking at a wet and breezy weekend coming up.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm system was located Thursday afternoon about 570 miles (920 kilometers) southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It had top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and was moving to the northeast at 14 miles per hour (22 kph).

City officials are working to demolish two unstable two cranes at the site of the Hard Rock hotel collapse, which killed three people and injured more than 20 people on October 12.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted that the government is monitoring the storm and that residents should prepare for possible flooding and power disruptions.

"We are optimistic this will be a slight wind and rain event", Bay Count Sheriff Tommy Ford said, according to the AP.

Forecasters predict the storm could bring up to three inches of rain to the Florida Panhandle coast and up to 1.5 inches further inland.

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