Tropical storm warnings have been issued for part of southeast Louisiana related to a system brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said Thursday.
If the system strengthens to a tropical or subtropical storm as expected, it will be called Nestor.
The storm’s track has it moving south of Louisiana’s coast on Friday and then moving east toward Florida and then heading up the East Coast over the weekend.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from Grand Isle to the mouth of the Pearl River. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center as of 10 a.m.
A tropical disturbance was becoming better organized Thursday morning in the Gulf of Mexico. (Image via NOAA)
Where is it?
The center of the system is about 630 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It is moving north at 8 mph.
It should reach the northern Gulf Coast by Friday night.
What is it?
The low pressure system right now is called Potential Tropical Cyclone No. 16. It is expected to strengthen to a tropical or subtropical storm later Thursday. If it does, it will be named Nestor.
The system has winds of 35 mph with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is then expected through Friday night.
A subtropical storm has slightly different meteorological characteristics from a tropical storm but it means the same in terms of hazards: rain, wind and higher tides.
The storm categories, in increasing strength, are tropical depression, tropical storm and hurricane.
Tropical Storm Nestor or Subtropical Storm Nestor is likely to form Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said. (Image via NOAA)
What does it mean for Louisiana?
The weather disturbance could bring heavy rain, gusty winds and high tides to southeast Louisiana.
Friday and Saturday will most likely be the rainiest days, the National Weather Service said. About 2 to 4 inches could fall this weekend along the Gulf Coast, with isolated amounts of 5 inches.
New Orleans city officials encouraged residents to prepare now by cleaning out gutters, downspouts and the front of catch basins.
Read the full advisory. The next advisory is due at 1 p.m. from the National Hurricane Center.