Tropics update: TD13 now Tropical Storm Lee; warning extended, watch added
It may be taking a while for the tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico to make official landfall, but it didn't take long for it to become a tropical storm.
Tropical Depression 13 is now Tropical Storm Lee.
With the 1 p.m. CDT update, came an extended warning and the addition of a warning.
The tropical storm warning in effect for Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Acadia, Lafayette, upper St. Martin, Cameron, Vermilion, Iberia, St. Mary and lower St. Martin parishes has been extended to 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.
The parishes of St. Landry, Acadia, Lafayette, upper St. Martin, Vermilion, Iberia, St. Mary and lower St. Martin, including the cities of Opelousas, Eunice, Crowley, Rayne, Church Point, Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, St. Martinville, Abbeville, Kaplna, New Iberia, Morgan City, Franklin, Patterson, Berwick, Bayou Vista and and Stephensville, are also under flash flood watch. The flood watch expires Saturday, Sept. 3 at 2 a.m. The watch goes into effect at 7 p.m. Friday evening.
For those with marine interests, a tropical storm warning also continues for all of the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent coastal lakes and bays.
As of the 1 p.m. track. Lee's center was located at 27.4N, 91.5W. Lee had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving northwest at 2 mph.
The still nearly stationary storm is making its way toward the Louisiana coast line. It is projected to make landfall as a tropical storm.
Louisiana remains under various warnings as Tropical Depression 13 remains nearly stationary in the Gulf of Mexico.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect until Saturday, Sept. 3 at 12:15 p.m. for Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Acadia, Lafayette, upper St. Martin, Cameron, Vermilion, Iberia, St. Mary and lower St. Martin parishes.
Currently the center of the depression is meandering south of the Louisiana coast, as of 10 a.m., the center of TD 13 was located near latitude 27.3N, longitude 91.5W, which lies about 170 miles south of Morgan City. The storm is moving north at about 1 mph and its intensity was 35 mph.
The movement of the storm slowed overnight Thursday and now is projected to make landfall on the south central Louisiana coast late Sunday night into early Monday morning.
The system remains disorganized as well.
For those with marine interests, a tropical storm warning also continues for all of the Gulf of Mexico and ADJA.
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