Tropical Storm Warning Extended for Northern Gulf Coast ahead of Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A tropical disruption in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to evolve into a subtropical or tropical storm, bringing heavy rainfall and flooding to the northern Gulf coast.

A tropical storm warning has been extended eastward for the Florida Panhandle from the Alabama / Florida border to the Okaloosa / Walton County border including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Metropolitan New Orleans.

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By early Friday morning, the center of the disturbance was about 510 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana.

Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 is heading north at close to 14 miles per hour.

In the forecast lane, the system will approach the north central Gulf coast on Friday night or early Saturday. It is likely that it will hit land and then migrate northeast across the southeastern United States.

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The maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km / h) with higher gusts.

The forecasts show precipitation accumulations between 5 “and 8” from New Orleans to Pensacola through Sunday. Tropical downpours will also spread inland to the southeast, which can lead to flash floods.

The threat of a tornado or two begins Friday afternoon over the Louisiana coast and then spreads overnight through Saturday over southern parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to the western Florida Panhandle.

The next name on the list of Hurricane Season 2021 is Claudette, by the way.

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Stay tuned to the tropics with your Storm team on CBSMiami.com/tropics and on CBS4.

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