Our flash flood watch continues still through Friday for most of the area including the Mississippi Gulf Coast mainly because we’ve already had a whole bunch of rain around in many locations and the possibility of seeing one or two more storms still continues to give you the opportunity for street flooding and quick water rises with lots of debris from Ida making drainage more difficult.
We are likely to see a landfall along the Texas coast somewhere between Corpus Christi and Houston, but the big deal with this storm for us is rainfall. A Tropical Storm watch is in effect through part of the Central Texas coast.
The big story for Southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast is really going to be about the temperatures and the feel of the air. We are looking at temperatures that are a few degrees cooler than where we’ve been the last several mornings.
A few heavy down pours could cause some localized street flooding this afternoon. A welcomed break is expected as a front moves in Thursday allowing much drier air to settle in for the next several days.
Take extra care with the lack of air conditioning to avoid heat illnesses.Most north shore rivers have fallen into at least the minor flood stage except the Tangipahoa at Robert and the Tchefuncte at Covington. Both are currently falling and will continue to drop into the weekend.
Our local weather is dominated by the heat with heat advisories in place through the early evening. Heat indices are expected to peak in the triple digits around 105-108. High temperatures today will be in the low 90s.
A 12-16 foot surge is expected to go up Barataria Bay as the core of Ida moves over Port Fourchon and then into Terrebonne Parish. The water will come up fast as residents were expected to evacuate outside of the levee protection area.
The latest official forecast from the National Hurricane Center predict a category 3 storm with maximum winds of 115 mph. We are always encouraged to prepare for a category higher as intensity forecast have a larger margin than track.
Most everyone is watching what will happen in the Gulf of Mexico as an area of disturbed weather in the Caribbean is expected to organize and move into the Gulf as a tropical system heading into the weekend. The system is expected to be fast moving and could bring rain to the area as soon as Sunday.
High temperatures topped out in the mid-90s again Sunday and were looking for similar on Monday with heat indices or feels like temperatures back in the triple digits. Expect the Heat Advisory to continue right into the start of the week.
High temperatures still topped out in the middle 90s and we can expect a similar scenario on Sunday. The moisture levels on Sunday are likely to stay elevated for the early part of the day allowing for another Heat Advisory. We could see a few storms develop late in the afternoon.