Tropical Update: “Claudette” will likely form in the Gulf later today…

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Right now, Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 is spinning its way northward across the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. It continues to gain strength as it does so and will likely become a tropical depression or tropical storm by the end of today. The next name on the list would be “Claudette” if this disturbance reaches the threshold of tropical storm status. Nevertheless, this tropical wave will wash ashore of the Gulf Coast states this weekend with heavy rain and flooding concerns. The low pressure system will get picked up by a cold front by the end of the weekend which will help to send the moisture our way into ENC by early next week. That moisture will take the form of heavy rain and the potential for severe weather.

That’s why “Weather Alert Days” are in effect Sunday through Wednesday just to cover our bases for when the tropical moisture does arrive. Otherwise, the rest of the Atlantic is as quiet as a mouse.

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