NHC: Low in Gulf likely be a tropical system by Thursday


All areas from Florida to Texas need to remain on high alert this week and begin preparing for tropical storm impacts.

The second storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season was expected to form later Wednesday or Thursday along the Gulf Coast and could make landfall around Louisiana on Saturday as a treacherous system.

The National Hurricane Center says the system, which has been producing disorganized rain showers and thunderstorms in the Gulf Coast region, is expected to move southwest from the Florida Panhandle and strengthen as it swirls in the warm waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico during the next few days.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued along the eastern portion of the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

MS and Texas were also at risk of torrential rains.

"AccuWeather meteorologists believe this system will become a tropical depression on or before Thursday and Tropical Storm Barry by Friday", according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

The low is now located over the Florida Panhandle and moving into the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Once the system is over water, environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for tropical cyclone formation, and a tropical depression is likely to develop by late Wednesday or Thursday while the system moves westward across the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Barry's path is forecast to hit New Orleans in Louisiana, where flash flooding caused half a foot of rain to fall on Wednesday.

"The heaviest rain is expected to fall on parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, western Tennessee, Arkansas and northeastern Texas", Kottlowski said.

The parish is just southeast of New Orleans and includes numerous city's suburbs. Heavy rain and flooding will be the main impact/threat with this particular system, both in and near where it makes landfall by this weekend.

"The city is protected to a project height of 20 feet".

There are a few key players in the development of this potential tropical feature - now dubbed "Invest 92L" (short for "investigation area") by the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC). Storms will be strong, and potentially reaching severe status through the afternoon and evening. The rip current threat is a little lower, but it's always best to swim near a lifeguard.

Tropical systems are occasional visitors to the U.S.in July: The most recent July hurricane to hit the continental USA was Hurricane Arthur in North Carolina in 2014, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach.

The unnamed system is spinning in the same general area where Hurricane Michael gained strength last October.