Potential tropical storm in the Gulf
By Geoff Belcher
Aug 13, 2013, 19:28
The National Weather Service is tracking "Disturbance 33," which has the potential to become a tropical depression or tropical storm, and is expected to make landfall on the Gulf Coast by early Saturday.
According to satellite maps issued at 3 p.m. Tuesday, the eye of Disturbance 33 was predicted to hit near the Mississippi-Alabama border at around 3 a.m. Saturday, with Hancock County in its northwest quadrant.
"We think Disturbance 33 could become a tropical depression or tropical storm in the Gulf Thursday night or Friday," according to a report issued Tuesday by ImpactWeather, an independent service which monitors weather for offshore oil companies and financial institutions.
"None of the models indicates that it would strengthen to a hurricane. The most likely scenario is that Disturbance 33 would become a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph to 45 mph as it reaches the central or northern Gulf of Mexico Friday and Saturday.
"As Disturbance 33 moves into the northern Gulf of Mexico, westerly wind shear is expected to increase. At that time, the strongest squalls and winds are expected to occur on the east side of the system. Squalls associated with the system could reach the deepwater areas off the southeast Louisiana and Mississippi coasts as early as Friday morning. The weather across the northern Gulf in advance of the system will be good for possible evacuations through Thursday."