Potential Tropical Cyclone Three is forming in the Gulf of Mexico (6/17/21)

This evening the National Hurricane Center has issued advisories, and a forecast path for the system in the Gulf of Mexico that is developing into Potential Tropical Cyclone Three.

Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for coastal areas in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, as Tropical Cyclone Three is forecasted to strengthen into a Tropical Storm by late Friday into early Saturday. As this storm approaches the northern Gulf Coast, it will bring a risk for not only tropical cyclone conditions, but also heavy rain and flash flooding.

Rain amounts will be anywhere between 2-8” for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle. A day 3 moderate risk for excessive rainfall late Friday and Saturday, has been placed over parts of far eastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the far western Florida Panhandle.

For areas right along the coast, forecasted peak storm surge heights will be between 1-2 feet between Cameron and Intracoastal City Louisiana. 2-3 feet between Vermilion Bay Louisiana and Gulf Port Mississippi. And 1-3 feet from Mobile to Gulf Shores Alabama.

The image above is the latest statement from the National Hurricane Center.

Please stay tuned for further forecast updates and alerts from local weather outlets and officials.

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