[Updated at 7:55 p.m. ET] A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast after a tropical depression formed over the central Gulf of Mexico on Thursday evening, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 p.m. advisory.
The system could become a tropical storm by Friday and approach the Louisiana coast on Saturday, with the potential to deliver 10 to 15 inches of rain to southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi and southern Alabama through Sunday, the hurricane center said.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency on Thursday evening because of the storm.
Earlier Thursday, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the city has begun preparations for possible flooding and heavy rain.
"What we do know is there's high wind, there is a lot of rain and it's going slow," Landrieu said of the storm in the Gulf. "That's not a good prescription for the city of New Orleans should it come this way."
Shortly before 8 p.m. ET, the storm's center was about 225 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving northwest at 6 mph.
A tropical storm warning was issued for the Gulf Coast from Sabine Pass, Texas, to Pascagoula, Mississippi. Tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 24 hours, the hurricane center said.FULL STORY
Yikes! Here we go again!
No, No, No that storm with all that beloved rain belongs to Texas. Please let it belong to Texas!
tasaad - Amen!
I with ya, tasaad, we need this storm to move just a few degrees west to Texas. We are so rain deprived, people were breaking out in amazed oohs & aahs like it was fireworks, over the few drops we had 8 days ago! I thought my neighbors were gonna strip naked & dance in the rain! They would've barely got their shoes & socks off, it was so short! And I was kinda looking forward to seeing that kind of spectacle, lol! So NoLa we are more than happy to take this burden off your shoulders! Let's hope for a Rita in reverse!!
Just remember guys, careful what you wish for. The Gulf's waters are so warm that a few thunderstorms could turn into a hurricane overnight. Be nice if that upper level low that's keeping this thing from exploding would help meander it on over to Texas. As much as I dislike your guys' political figures, I wish you guys many well behaved days of rain this month.
Go away storm.
@CESAR YOU MAN OF WISE WORDS @ FERNACE i would have liked to have seen that @ Hello to any of my friends out there
I wish you guys that are affected the best. Watch Out since FEMA's broke until next funding & GreedOverPeople wants to do away with it and big (UNITED) government/states.
@Fernace mayby you need to employ a medicine man indian and have him do a raindance howdohowdohowhow
@fernace you need a raindance done
@texas you need a raindance done
The Gulf's waters are so warm that a few thunderstorms could turn into a hurricane overnight. Be nice if that upper level low that's keeping this thing from exploding would help meander it on over to Texas
be nice if that upper level low that's keeping this thing from exploding would help meander it over to texas.