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Hanna could be hurricane in Texas while tropical showers/storms remain in local forecast

Posted at 4:03 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 23:46:41-04

Tropical Storm Hanna continued to slowly intensify through Friday afternoon and is expected to make landfall in Texas Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane.

Hurricane warnings were posted from Baffin Bay northward to Mesquite Bay, Texas.

The system and the bulk of its tropical rains, winds and elevated tides will be heading for the Texas Coast Saturday.

Meanwhile, deep tropical moisture will remain in place across Acadiana this weekend keeping a good chance of occasional, mainly daytime tropical showers and storms in the local forecast through the weekend...and likely into the first half of next week.

Hanna is expected to make landfall somewhere along the mid-lower Texas Coast Saturday as a Category 1 Hurricane with 75 mph winds.

The bulk of the heaviest tropical rains will also head toward South Texas, with rainfall totals in spots up to 5-10" which will likely lead to localized flooding in a normal very dry area.

Meanwhile, a high chance of on and off tropical showers and storms will continue to plague the Acadiana area through the weekend, with less activity likely at night.

No widespread flooding is expected for Acadiana with rain totals on any given day Saturday through Monday ranging as high as the 1-3" range, but most of us will likely see that as a 3 day total.

Deep tropical moisture will likely stay in place through mid-next week keeping rain chances elevated through that time...but at least our daytime highs will be capped mostly in the low-mid 80s.

And it goes without saying our humidity will stay quite high with most of us observing sweaty windows at night into the morning hours.

It appears that finally drier weather and hotter summer temperatures will return to Acadiana toward the end of next week into the following weekend...but we will likely still be tracking systems in the tropics at that time.

Elsewhere in the tropics, Tropical Storm Gonzalo winds had decreased to 40 mph late Friday afternoon and is expected to dissipate in the Caribbean Sea by early next week.

Farther east, the robust tropical wave that was located south of the Cabo Verde Islands has now been given a 40% chance by the National Hurricane Center for development in the Atlantic into next week.

It appears that this system, perhaps a future "Isaias (ees-ah-EE-ahs)" could be a substantial Caribbean and perhaps a US and/or Gulf of Mexico threat in the in the next week or two.

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