Tropical depression #8 continues to churn in the central Gulf of Mexico this afternoon. Convection is starting to fire up and concentrate around what is a broad area of low pressure which suggest to us that the system is trying to get a little better organized.
The overall environment remains somewhat conducive for gradual development in the next day or so. This is why we are anticipating 'Hanna' to form in the Gulf and eventually make landfall in Texas as a weak to moderate tropical storm. Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for parts of the Texas coastline, but no watches and warnings have been issued for any areas in Acadiana.
The threats to Acadiana still have not changed. We are still going to be on the eastern side of this system which means tropical moisture/rain bands will be sent in our general direction in the coming days. Off and on rain bands can be expected later today, but really increasing in coverage for Friday and Saturday. Some gusty winds may accompany some of the rain bands that move through.
There shouldn't be too much of an issue as far as flooding is concerned, but some localized flooding may be possible, especially along our coastal parishes where higher rainfall amounts may occur. Overall, most of us will pick up around 1-3" through the weekend with localized spots potentially picking up more.
*With each passing day, the Atlantic is looking a little bit more favorable for tropical development. This is to be expected as we are fixing to head into the peak months of the hurricane season (peak being Sept. 10).
Having a plan in place ahead of time can be crucial and life saving in the event that we do see a storm head our way. This includes things like knowing if you're in an evacuation zone and figuring out what you will do in the event you are asked to evacuate. Building a disaster kit is very important as well. Things to include would be a good supply of non-perishable foods, water, batteries, a weather radio, and a flashlight. A full supply list can be found at https://www.ready.gov/kit
Finally, I know a lot of you may have a ton on your mind these days such as what will the upcoming school year look like or maybe how to make ends meet during these difficult times that it can definitely make it overwhelming and stressful to have to worry about a hurricane season. I want you to know that we (meaning the KATC storm team) will be working tirelessly to provide you with the most up to date, accurate information regarding the tropics and help all of you remain safe during the remainder of the season. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!