Weather forecast: High rain chances through Tuesday

Potential Tropical Cyclone 7, which is expected to become Tropical Storm Gordon over the next 48-hours, has maximum sustained winds near 30 mph with higher gusts.

The area along the coast (including parts of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi), is now under a hurricane watch, and forecasters do believe that the storm could reach a Category 1 hurricane before it reaches land.

Gordon became a tropical storm after having strengthened rapidly overnight, and late Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for the mouth of the Pearl River, which divides Louisiana and MS in the central Gulf.

As Tropical Storm Florence gathered strength in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean, a tropical disturbance over the Bahamas is threatening to bring gusty winds and heavy rain to the northern Gulf Coast this week. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 50 miles per hour.

Gordon is the seventh named tropical storm or hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin this year.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center. Regardless of the storm's track, heavy rain is the primary threat from this potential tropical system.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: Cloudy skies and scattered tropical downpours will be likely as Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall along the central Gulf Coast, and outer bands push across our area.

West of the mouth of the Pearl River to Grand Isle, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas are also under a tropical storm warning.

However, it is too early for the computer models to make an accurate forecast as to precisely where Tropical Storm Gordon would make landfall. The storm is expected to gather strength while making its way through the Gulf of Mexico. In this zone, the water could rise up 3 to 5 feet above normally dry land at the coast.

"The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline", the NHC forecast warns.

In addition to Florence, forecasters also are watching a tropical wave located that's just emerged off the west coast of Africa.

Tropical showers and thunderstorms can be expected across the region starting Monday through much of Wednesday, the weather service says.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

  • Essie Rivera