10 am Update: T.D. 8 strengthens slightly

Posted at 10:09 AM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 11:16:10-04

While the impacts for Acadiana remain largely unchanged the forecast for T.D. 8 seems to be a slightly stronger storm then it was this morning and the new forecast track represents that with peak winds now hitting up around 50 mph.

Winds have increased slightly to 35 mph with gusts around 45 mph which is a notch higher then they were this morning and just below tropical storm strength, Tropical Storm Hanna will likely be official by the late Thursday or early Friday morning.

Again the intensification of the storm has been built into the forecast for Acadiana already, so this latest advisory isn't a surprise and won't change the weather we get this weekend.

That being said we are still looking at a very wet pattern over the next couple of days with on and off showers picking up Thursday and continuing in that fashion for several days, particularly Friday and Saturday.

Rain totals remain around an inch or two on average with a few areas possibly picking up four or five inches over a multi day time period, this could lead to localized flash flooding during some of those downpours.

Winds will remain breezy out of the east around 10-15 mph with gusts around 25-30 on Saturday afternoon.

There are a few models that have hinted at the storm undergoing a rapid intensification, possibly bringing it to hurricane strength before it makes landfall just north of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Should this intensification occur it is likely that the storm would pull many of the impacts closer to the center, in which case Acadiana may see their rain chances dip.

As with any tropical system small changes in the storm can lead to big changes in the forecast, so stay up to date on the latest here at KATC.

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