Tropical Depression 8 increases rain and storm chances

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Source: Mary Jones, Natchitoches Parish OEP Director

The center of Tropical Depression Eight is located near latitude 26.0 North, longitude 90.4 West. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest at about nine miles per hour, and this general motion is expected to continue over the next few days.  On the forecast track, the center of the depression is expected to move across the northwestern Gulf of Mexico today and Friday and make landfall along the Texas coast on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 30 miles per hour with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is expected, and the depression could become a tropical storm in a day or so.

Natchitoches Wood

Potential impacts to Louisiana include an increased chance of rain and storms through the weekend, specifically within any storm bands that reach inland. Areas south of the Interstate 10 and 12 corridor may see locally heavier rainfall and localized flash flooding. Higher-than-normal tides may produce coastal flooding.