Tropical rainstorm bringing more rain to Southeast through the week
Robust showers, dubbed a tropical rainstorm, will bring much-needed rain and local severe thunderstorms to the Southeast through the end of the week.
The good news is that a system that has been wandering slowly around the northern Gulf of Mexico has disappeared from National Hurricane Center’s maps.
The bad news is that the area of low pressure isn’t done sending rain from Louisiana to Florida’s Panhandle.
Residents can expect rounds of heavy rain to continue as storms bubble up around a center of low pressure, according to AccuWeather.
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The forecast indicates storms that started Tuesday are expected to continue through at least Sunday. Coastal areas in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties could get 4 to 6 inches of rain.
Elsewhere in the tropics, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring three tropical waves, including one in the Caribbean.
No tropical cyclones are expected during the next five days, but conditions can change rapidly.
The next named storm of the season will be Danielle.
Here’s the latest update from the NHC as of 8 a.m. July 14:
What’s out there and where are they?
Tropical wave 1: A tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic is located west-northwest of Cape Verde is moving to the west around 13 mph.
Tropical wave 2: Another tropical wave in the Central Atlantic is located east of the British Virgin Islands. It’s moving to the west around 13 mph.
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Tropical wave 3: A tropical wave east-northeast of Puerto Rico extends south into the Caribbean. It’s moving west around 13 mph.
Who is likely to be impacted?
Northern Gulf Coast: The National Weather Service is calling for a 70% to 80% chance of precipitation Thursday and Friday in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and a 60% chance of rain Saturday and Sunday.
Small rainstorms and showers are expected to hit the coastline in bursts but still produce relatively large amounts of precipitation.
In New Orleans, chance of rain is 60% today and 70% Friday.
The National Weather Service in New Orleans warned residents rainfall of 2 to 4 inches an hour is possible.
It’s too early at this time to determine if there will be any impact to the U.S. from the tropical waves out there.
Forecasters urge all residents to continue monitoring the tropics and to always be prepared during what’s expected to be an active hurricane season.
Weather watches and warnings issued for your area
The next five days
See the National Hurricane Center’s five-day graphical tropical weather outlook below.
Excessive rainfall forecast
What’s out there?
Systems currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center.
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