Tropical Storm Claudette becomes third named storm of the season


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The U.S. National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Three, which is located over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

A stronger cold front will bring a better chance for rain and storms to our area by Monday night and Tuesday. The system will approach the north-central Gulf Coast late Friday or early Saturday and turn northeast after landfall.

If PTC#3 gets a more defined and focused center of circulation prior to landfall it will become a tropical storm, if so its name will be "Claudette". Maximum winds are at 35 miles per hour, but strengthening is in the forecast through Friday. Systems must produce winds of 39 miles per hour or more to gain tropical storm status.

Considerable flash, urban and small stream flooding impacts - in addition to "new and renewed minor to isolated moderate river flooding" - were also anticipated to continue throughout the weekend along the Gulf Coast, with flood impacts spreading northeastward into the interior Southeast.

The National Hurricane Center extended its tropical-storm warning from Intracoastal City, Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border including the Okaloosa-Walton county line, according to the 8 a.m. update.

Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches, with locally higher amounts in excess of 10 inches, will possible across the area.

Almost 6 million people are under a tropical storm warning from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and New Orleans.

By Friday, up to four inches of rain per hour was falling on parts of the Louisiana and MS coasts.



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