Sep 1, 2011 8:17 PM by Rob Perillo
TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS have been issued for the entire Louisiana Coast including all of Acadiana except St Landry and Evangeline Parishes meaning tropical storm conditions are expected within 24 hours.
The coastal storm warnings extend from Sabine Pass Texas eastward to Pascagoula Mississippi.
As of 1000pm CDT Tropical Depression #13 was located roughly 200 miles south-southeast of Lafayette.
TD #13 is drifting to the NW very slowly at less than 5mph with maximum sustained winds near 35mph.
Gradual strengthening to tropical storm status is expected Friday morning with a tropical storm capable of 60mph sustained winds making landfall along the Acadiana Coast late Saturday.
Flooding rains beginning late Friday night and continuing through at least Sunday will be the primary threat of this system along with winds strong enough to create sporadic power outages late Saturday through Sunday.
Storm total rainfall with this system over several days will likely be greater than 10-15" in Acadiana with isolated amounts exceeding 2 feet in portions of the area through much of Southeastern Louisiana.
Stay with KATC for the latest with a full update on Good Morning Acadiana at 430am.
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