NHC now issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Three in the Gulf of Mexico

The larger impacts from this system are expected to stay east of the Brazos Valley
Published: Jun. 17, 2021 at 4:20 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 10:25 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - After disorganized activity lingered in the southern Gulf of Mexico for several days, the National Hurricane Center has started issuing advisories on what is expected to soon-be Tropical Depression Three.

This essentially means that while the system has not technically reached the criteria necessary to be classified as a tropical depression, it is expected to strengthen into a subtropical or tropical depression by early Friday morning.

Details as of the 10pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center can be found below:

LocationMaximum Sustained WindsMovementMinimum Central Pressure
~ 435 miles south of Morgan City, LA30 mphN at 9 mph1007 mb

Potential Tropical Cyclone Three is expected to continue moving northward through the end of the week, producing heavy rain along the northern Gulf Coast as early as Friday. This area of low pressure is currently forecasted to strengthen into a tropical storm by Friday evening. If it does so, it will be given the name Claudette. A northeastward motion across the southeastern United States is likely after the system makes landfall, likely along the Central Louisiana coastline.

Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for portions of the Gulf Coast from Intracoastal City, LA to the Alabama/Florida border.

As of now, the larger impacts from this system (heavy rain and strong winds) look to sit east of the Brazos Valley, but a few tropical downpours (especially the farther east you travel) will be possible Saturday and Sunday, but as of now, shouldn’t be a washout for Father’s Day weekend plans.

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