MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Heavy rain and tropical-storm-force winds from a tropical disturbance have reached the north Gulf Coast.

Potential tropical cyclone three had been expected to form into a subtropical or tropical storm.

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On Friday night, the disturbance was about 60 miles South of Morgan City, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It was moving North at 16 MPH.

A Tropical Storm Warning extends from east of Morgan City, Louisiana to the Florida Okaloosa/Walton County line, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans.

On the forecast track, the system will make landfall along the north-central Gulf Coast
early Saturday. It will then move to the northeast across the southeastern states.

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Rainfall amounts of 4” to 8” are expected from New Orleans to Pensacola through Sunday. Some areas could see up to 12″ of rain. Tropical downpours will also spread inland over the southeast that can lead to flash flooding.

The threat for a tornado or two will begin Friday afternoon across coastal Louisiana, then spread overnight into Saturday across southern portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, to the western Florida Panhandle.

By the way, the next name on the 2021 Hurricane Season list is Claudette.

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