Tropical system may disrupt Labor Day weekend plans

By: Howell Dennis - Editor
According to the National Weather Service, there will be plenty of people having to cancel Labor Day plans this weekend.

Meteorologists are keeping a close eye on a tropical disturbance which is located in the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico. The system has a very good chance (70 percent according to the Natonal Hurricane Center) a tropical depression or a tropical storm and most projection paths have the system moving north towards Louisiana.

Even worse is the possibility that the storm may stall offshore bringing heavy rains into south Louisiana through the middle of next week causing the potential for serious flooding.

Presently, only coastal flood watches are in effect for Friday. However, if the recon aircraft finds a closed circulation and the system is upgraded to a depression or storm tropical watches or warnings may be posted.

If a tropical system moves into south Louisiana, authorities will urge residents to take all possible precautions and to avoid traveling if at all possible.

While most forecasts show the system developing into a tropical storm there are a few that show a possibility of a Category 1 hurricane forming, so people should keep a close eye on this system to see if precautions and preparations should be made. Weather forecasters in the area urge people to begin preparing for such a storm as soon as possible

The Crowley Post-Signal will keep our readers updated on the storm’s progress on our website

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