Tuesday Morning: Passing showers today; Hurricane Laura expected to strike NW Gulf Coast as a major hurricane

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StormTracker Morning Forecast…

Today: Passing showers are expected today. Otherwise, we’ll see mostly cloudy skies. Showers may produce gusty wind and we cannot rule out a brief spin-up tornado, given the tropical set up in place. Breezy conditions with a high in the upper 80s to around 90°F. Be sure to make preparations ahead of Laura, even though it is expected to stay to our west. We are still expecting indirect impacts. See below.

Tonight: Passing showers are possible with breezy conditions. Lows in the mid and upper 70s.

Wednesday & Thursday: Outer rainbands associated with Laura will likely start to push closer to the coast and then inland during the day, but it won’t be a persistent rain all day. Tropical storm-force winds may begin to impact the coast as early as overnight Tuesday/early Wednesday morning, but most likely Wednesday morning. Tropical storm-force winds may be felt for inland areas by Wednesday afternoon. Baton Rouge will remain on the east side of the storm. Impacts will be felt well-away from the center. Rain bands will need to be watched for a flash flooding threat, but thanks to the fast moving nature of this hurricane, it should not be prolonged. The risk for tornadoes is elevated. The Storm Prediction Center has placed our area under a Slight Risk (threat level 2 out of 5) for severe weather Wednesday and Wednesday night for isolated tornadoes. The risk continues into Thursday, but it is slightly lower as Laura lifts to the north. We will have to monitor rainbands for heavy rain/flooding threat, gusty wind, and potentially isolated tornadoes. Areas along, west and southwest of the Mississippi River could see wind gusts of 40-60 mph or greater. The Baton Rouge metro could see wind gusts of 30-50 mph, but it’s dependent on how far west or east Laura tracks, but either way, the wind field will be quite large. Also, another major concern will be storm surge. Storm surge of 4-6′ above dry ground is expected from Morgan City to the Mouth of the Mississippi River. Storm surge of 2-4′ is expected for our area lakes. We will have to monitor for some flooding issues for our rivers and bayous.

Extended: Rain chances will continue Friday and into the Weekend.

For more on the tropics: Tracking the Tropics

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