Happy Friday everyone! Tropical Storm Hanna continues to get its act together this morning as deep convection fires up around the center of circulation. This is a good indication that the storm is trying to intensify as it heads toward the Texas coastline over the weekend.
A moderate to strong tropical storm is still likely upon landfall, but a weak hurricane can not be totally ruled out as the Gulf of Mexico remains somewhat conducive for development.
The worst impacts will remain well offshore and into Texas, but we are likely to see at least some minimal impacts here in Acadiana.
Tropical rain bands are likely to build inland from the coast this afternoon which is why rain chances will remain elevated through the course of your Friday. Although rain chances remain high, it will not be raining all day long. In fact, we are likely to see at least some peaks of sunshine through those clouds at some points today. At times, we can expect some of the rain bands that move through to produce brief, heavy downpours and perhaps even gusty winds. The good news is that these storms should be rolling at a pretty good clip, so flooding really isn't much of a concern.
We will likely pick up a couple of inches of rainfall through midweek with higher amounts possible along our coastal parishes , but again, these rainfall totals will be spread out over a lengthy period of time, so only very localized flooding will be possible.
We are likely to see some breezy conditions out there, but the highest wind gusts will remain well offshore.
The active weather pattern looks to remain in the forecast for most of next week as daily storm chances remain in place across Acadiana, but we look to dry out a bit for the start of August. Y'all have a great weekend!