BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Hurricane Hanna made landfall around 5 p.m. CDT over Padre Island, Texas as a Category 1 hurricane. This is the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2020 season. The storm will be short-lived. By 1 a.m., it is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm.
Multiple rounds of heavy rain will move across southern Louisiana Friday through Sunday. Rain chances will continue to be on the high side, even on Sunday. Localized flooding could be an issue at times. An isolated funnel cloud will be possible. Storm-force winds will not be a threat to the Baton Rouge metro area, but it will be breezy on Friday with easterly and southeasterly winds at 10-20 mph. Most of the impacts will be along the coastal portions of the state. These impacts include higher than normal tides and minor coastal flooding. Waterspouts will also be possible.
Southeast Louisiana is under a marginal and slight risk for flooding for Friday. The flood risk is for areas along and south of the I-10/I-12 corridor. There is a marginal risk for flooding on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend rainfall totals look to be between 1-3″ with isolated spots exceeding 4″.
Hanna is the earliest 8th named storm on record in the Atlantic Basin. The previous record was Harvey on August 3, 2005.
Gonzalo has weakened, and we are left with the remnants of this system. It will not affect the United States.
Gonzalo is the earliest 7th named storm on record. The previous record was for Gert, which was set on July 24, 2005.
A disturbance west of Cabo Verde has a medium chance of formation over the next two days and a high chance of formation over the next five days. Forecasters expect this disturbance to become a tropical depression early next week. It it gets a name before the end of the month, then it would be the fifth named storm in July tying the record set in 2005.
Keep in mind that the peak of hurricane season is in September. We have a long way to go until November 30th, and all it takes is one storm. Now is the time to have a plan in place!