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Tropical Weather May Inconvenience Holiday Travel

Visitors to the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast over the Labor Day Holiday should prepare for a change in plans.
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Depression #13 located just south of the Louisiana and Southeast Texas Coast.

The current (as of Friday morning) forecast has the system slowly intensifying into Tropical Storm LEE with winds in the 35-65 mile per hour range.

Lee is then forecast to slowly move towards the southern Louisiana coast or towards extreme Southeast Texas.  A landfall is possible on Sunday.

With slow movement and slow intensification of the storm system the main concerns will excessive heavy rain to Louisiana, which is not needed but any additional rain in Texas will be welcome.  Another issue will be the build up of a storm surge.

Since the storm is forecast to meander in the Gulf of Mexico for many days the storm surge (also known as coastal flooding) will build and build to a level much higher than is normal for a Tropical Storm or even low category one hurricane.

Texomans with travel plans to any location along the coast from Corpus to New Orleans should closely monitor the forecast for further updates, watches and warnings.

Systems such as this are notorious for unpredictable changes and dramatic intensity fluctuations.

For more information click the links below:

KFDX Hurricane Tracking System

National Hurricane Center

Specific Storm Information

Lake Charles, LA National Weather Service

New Orleans, LA National Weather Service

Houston, TX National Weather Service
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