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Hurricane and flooding potential increasing on the Gulf Coast

Posted: 11:19 AM, Jul 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-10 13:19:38-04
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A cluster of storms in the Gulf of Mexico is forecast to organize into a tropical storm by Thursday and possibly a hurricane by Friday.

Several active thunderstorms over the Gulf of Mexico are forecast to collect into a larger mass of storms from Wednesday into Thursday. Current forecast models predict a tropical storm formation on Thursday, with the possibility of a category one hurricane by Friday.

Storm risks across the gulf coast include flooding, damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, and storm surge. Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana are the prime targets for landfall, but the worst case scenario lies in southern Louisiana.

Mississippi River Level at New Orleans
Weekend flooding expected on the Mississippi River at New Orleans

Flooding from the spring has kept the Mississippi River quite high, and officials at the National Weather Service are monitoring flooding concerns, especially for New Orleans. The Mississippi River at New Orleans is now set to crest to 20 feet above sea level this weekend, the highest crest since 1927. The flood levees protecting New Orleans are 20 feet high, meaning that increased rain from the tropical storm or hurricane could easily cause spillage over the water breaks.