HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) – The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla. is continuing to track Potential Tropical Cyclone Three in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is expected to reach tropical storm strength on Friday afternoon ahead of landfall along the Louisiana coastline sometime Friday night/Saturday morning.
That would be the third storm to reach tropical storm strength in the young 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The storm will be named Claudette, once it reaches tropical storm status. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect from Vermilion Bay, LA to the Pensacola, FL.
For days, this area of low pressure has been lingering in the Bay of Campeche. Wednesday night to Thursday morning the low started to become better organized and lift northward into the central Gulf of Mexico.
Despite becoming better organized, the storm will likely only be a minimal tropical storm meaning only heavy rain and increased surf is expected in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Peak winds at landfall are expected to be 45 miles per hour.
As the storm makes landfall and pulls away, Deep South Texas will be in subsidence or sinking air. This means the Rio Grande Valley will see hot, dry conditions through the Father’s Day holiday weekend.
High temperatures will be in the 95° to 105° across the Valley Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Heat index values will range from 110° to 115°, likely triggering heat advisories and possible excessive heat warnings. Additionally, surf and rip currents will be elevated through the weekend.