Tropical storm heads to Gulf coast as rain douses Southeast

Pablo Tucker
October 28, 2019

The cyclone is now packing maximum sustained winds are near 35mph with higher gusts. It is moving to the north at 16 miles per hour.

Even as power was fully restored late Saturday morning at New Orleans' main airport, almost 84,000 customers in the region were still without electricity as the remnants of Tropical Storm Olga moved across the Gulf Coast.

Tropical Depression 17 formed in the Gulf of Mexico during Friday morning and may garner tropical-storm status before moving ashore Friday night. While tropical storm force wind gusts are expected, the system may not become a true tropical storm due to its structure and mechanics.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

In addition, the expected formation of several tornadoes in Southeast Louisiana and in MS and South Western Alabama. The depression is then expected to merge with a cold front, but could still produce gale-force winds before the center reaches the Gulf coast.

The storm began causing disruptions early on Saturday. These rains may produce flash flooding across the central Gulf coast into the lower MS valley and western Tennessee valley. The system is forecast to merge with a cold front and become post-tropical tonight over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Forecasters issued a tornado watch for southern MS and southwestern Alabama, and a powerful storm prompted a tornado warning for Mobile.

The storms knocked out power to more than 92,000 Entergy New Orleans customers on Saturday morning, the company said in a statement. The second part tomorrow will be courtesy of the remains of Tropical Storm Olga. Speaking of rainfall, chances will be rather high after the morning as the system moves closer to our area. "Rainfall totals will be in the 1-2" range with the highest totals west of Cincinnati.

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