Aug 30, 2014 2:42 PM by Rob Perillo
As expected tropical rains and locally heavy downpours pummeled portions of Acadiana as a tropical disturbance in the Western Gulf of Mexico expanded northward into the area Saturday.
The rains ranged from gentle tropical showers to persistent heavy torrents, especially across portions of Southwest Louisiana.
Rain accumulations in general across Acadiana where in the 1-3" range as of mid-Saturday afternoon, but totals were as high as 9" across portions of Calcasieu into Jeff Davis Parish.
Iowa, had reported over 9" while areas around Lake Charles exceeded 7".
Flash Flood Warnings were in effect through Saturday evening for portions of Evangeline, Allen, Jeff Davis and Calcasieu Parishes through Saturday evening for flooded streets and run-off issues associated with the heavy rains.
A Flood Watch remains in effect for all of Acadiana through midnight Saturday.
Activity is expected to slowly end later this evening with rain totals likely to be generally in the 1-2" range for most, but an additional 3-5" of rain will be possible in the coastal parishes.
The tropical disturbance will advance northward out of Acadiana Sunday with some sunshine and lingering scattered showers and a few storms remaining in the forecast through Labor Day, but the risk of any flooding should be much lower after Saturday evening.
Doppler Estimated Rainfall:
Watches And Warnings Saturday Afternoon: