Tropical Depression 8 continues to sit out in the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
The general thinking about the future of the system remains the same as it is expected to move west-northwestward around the subtropical high that is situated in the SE U.S.
Gradual strengthening of the storm is expected before it makes landfall in coastal Texas by the weekend. A moderate tropical storm is expected at landfall with the worst of the weather staying well to our south and into Texas. A tropical storm warning is now in effect for parts of the Texas coast.
The impacts for us here in Acadiana still have not changed. Off and on rain bands can be expected for Friday and Saturday as the system moves south of our coastline. The good news is that we are not anticipating a great deal of rainfall over the next several days. Most of us will pick up around 1-3" through the weekend with localized heavier amounts possible in certain areas.
Gusty winds may also accompany some of the rain bands that move through with the highest winds staying well offshore.
Continue to follow the KATC storm team for the very latest.