Felt like it was time for the Atlantic Hurricane Season thread to start up, as Invest 92L in the Gulf of Mexico has been designated Potential Tropical Cyclone Two by the NHC and is rapidly getting its act together. A lot of worried folks in Louisiana tonight and New Orleans in particular - while this storm isn't forecast to have enough time for development into a major hurricane (with the notable exception of the HWRF model, which keeps it out to sea long enough to intensify up to Category 3 before landfall), the Mississippi River is at a very high level and as such, the possibility of a major rain event accompanying this storm could combine with the already high water level and cause severe flooding.
A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana on account of this threat.
INIT 10/2100Z 28.1N 87.4W 25 KT 30 MPH...POTENTIAL TROP CYCLONE
12H 11/0600Z 27.7N 88.1W 30 KT 35 MPH...POTENTIAL TROP CYCLONE
24H 11/1800Z 27.5N 89.0W 35 KT 40 MPH...TROPICAL STORM
36H 12/0600Z 27.6N 90.2W 40 KT 45 MPH
48H 12/1800Z 28.2N 91.5W 55 KT 65 MPH
72H 13/1800Z 29.3N 92.4W 75 KT 85 MPH
96H 14/1800Z 31.9N 93.0W 55 KT 65 MPH...INLAND
120H 15/1800Z 34.8N 93.1W 25 KT 30 MPH...INLAND