Flooding rains expected Tuesday through Friday

Southeast Louisiana bracing for downpours

June 19, 2017 - 5:38 pm

We are monitoring a large area of disturbed weather in the Gulf of Mexico.  It is forecast to send heavy rains over Southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast Tuesday through Thursday or Friday.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING for the southeast Louisiana coast until further notice.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH for our entire area until Thursday evening.

"We are tracking a Gulf system that will bring us heavy rain and coastal flooding this week," WWL TV Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredondo said.

The system is now named "Potential Tropical Cyclone 3." That's a new designation from the National Hurricane Center for systems that have not developed yet, but that will likely bring tropical storm impacts.

"It looks like the system will strengthen to become Tropical Storm Cindy tonight or early Tuesday," according to Arredondo. "The good thing is it may stay somewhat weak due to some shear and dry air over the Gulf."

The biggest threat is days of flooding rains.

"Its forecast path takes the center to southwest Louisiana on Wednesday. This puts us east of the system, where lots of rain is expected."

The forecast calls for rounds of heavy rain starting Tuesday morning, increasing during the day Tuesday, and then lasting through Thursday night or Friday. 

"Rain amounts look like 4-8 inches through Friday, but higher amounts are certainly possible depending on the exact track of the system. Also, strong east/southeast winds will cause tides to run 2-4 feet above normal, which could lead to some coastal flooding."

Read more and see information from the National Hurricane Center...


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