The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is monitoring strong category 3 hurricane, expected to make landfall near Rockport on the central Texas coast tonight. It will remain a hurricane Saturday, before weakening to a tropical storm on Sunday. It will meander near the central and upper Texas coast through the middle of next week.
Heavy rain and flooding will be a concern this weekend into early next week, especially in southeast Texas and parts of southwest Louisiana. Rain totals will be 10 to 20 inches in southeast Texas, 8 to 15 inches in southwest Louisiana,5 to 7 inches in central Louisiana, and 7 to 10 inches in south central Louisiana. Be prepared for heavy rains that will flood roads and some homes.
Along the rivers, flooding is expected as well, with major flooding possible on Pine Island Bayou near Sour Lake, the Calcasieu River near Old Town Bay, and the west fork of the Calcasieu River near Sam Houston Jones State Park.
In coastal regions, expect to see one to three feet of water above ground level, especially during high tides tonight through Sunday.
Winds will be out of the east and gusty 25 to 35 mph at the coast through this weekend.
A tornado watch is in effect for parts of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana until 2 am Saturday.. There will be a threat of isolated tornadoes again during the day on Saturday, mainly in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.