Tropical system headed for Gulf states this weekend

Bill becomes Post-Tropical

A tropical storm warning was posted for the US coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle on Friday as a weather system in the Gulf of Mexico strengthened and marched north, according to the National Hurricane Center. The warning also includes Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans to the west.

Last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed that its Climate Prediction Center was forecasting another above normal Atlantic hurricane season.

The NHC said Claudette is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by Saturday night, become a post-tropical cyclone on Sunday and re-develop as a tropical storm over the western Atlantic Ocean on Monday. The system will approach the north-central Gulf Coast late Friday or early Saturday and turn northeast after landfall.

The storm is expected to produce total rainfall of 3-6 inches (7-15 centimeters) with isolated amounts of 8 inches (20 centimeters) across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, according to the forecast.

Tropical Storm Claudette has formed and is expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds, and an isolated tornado threat across the Deep South today.

The system was sporting 45 miles per hour winds and was moving to the north near 16 miles per hour. Flash flooding remains a concern along the central Gulf Coast.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Gulf Coast from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Florida border.

The NHC noted that a National Ocean Service station on Petit Bois Island, Miss. had recently recorded maximum winds of 39 miles per hour with a gust to 46 miles per hour.



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