Rain has already started on the Gulf coast as Tropical Storm Thirteen creeps north at 2 mph. Given the long duration, storm totals may exceed 20″ in spots. Winds could be 50+ mph as the storm intensifies slightly over the weekend.
The flood risk with this system is very high. As I was doing last week at this time, I urge people living in these areas — even if you are in an area that does not traditionally flood — to be prepared in case an evacuation is necessary.
And, tropical storm Katia continues in the Atlantic. There is nothing to worry about for the next five days. However, starting Tuesday, the U.S. east coast will need to begin to pay attention. I still doubt that Katia will get to the U.S. coast but she will be close enough that — after you’ve enjoyed the weekend — you’ll ant to monitor the storm.