Potential surf coming to the Gulf Coast

Potential surf coming to the Gulf Coast

Today we are looking at “Potential Tropical cyclone 2.”  Though currently only producing sub 39 mph winds, the storm will be fueled by water temperatures as high as 91 degrees giving it a very good chance for development into the named storm Barry.  Current models are prediction a Strong Tropical storm that will make the leap to a low Category 1 Hurricane for a short period before making landfall.  Expected landfall will be Friday early a.m. in Louisiana.  Once the storm makes landfall it should dissipate quickly and be downgraded by late Friday/early Saturday.

The overall damage from this storm is expected to be high due not to its power but due to its slow moving nature and the location it will be making landfall.  This means areas affected will be in the impact zone longer and the tail end of the storm will stay over warm gulf waters fueling it while it makes land fall.  Most of the damage expected will be due to flooding from rainfall, though flooding from storm surge has already started to affect parts of Louisiana.  

Due to the close proximity of the storm to the Florida coast the waves will not have much time or distance to organize.  Gulf Coasters can expect choppy wind swell conditions starting Friday which has the potential to clean up a little for Saturday then dropping off quickly after that.  Current models are putting it at waist high with potential waist plus with lucky bigger sets assuming the storm gathers the fuel to make it to category 1 status. 
 
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