The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is monitoring the tropics. Invest 99L is trying to get more organized today, between Cuba and Florida. NHC gives this system a medium (40%) chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday, and a medium (60%) chance of development through the end of the week in the eastern Gulf. This system still shows no significant threat to our region.
Elsewhere in the tropics, Gaston is now a hurricane, but will remain out in the Atlantic Ocean. Tropical Depression 8 has now formed west of Bermuda. It could briefly become a tropical storm before weakening as it heads towards North Carolina later this week. A tropical wave is forecast to move off the African coast on Tuesday. This system has a medium (60%) chance of development later this week as it moves across the Atlantic Ocean.
Locally, we are still dealing with the effects of a trough of low pressure on the upper Texas coast. Around an inch of rain is expected in parts of southeast Texas and southern Louisiana this afternoon, with locally higher amounts of 3 to 5 inches possible along and south of the I-10 corridor. Around a quarter of an inch to half an inch of rain is expected in central Louisiana.
Tides continue to run half a foot to a foot above normal, but we will be going to a low tide this afternoon and evening, so no coastal flooding is expected.