Invest 92L looms near Gulf; will bring heavy rain to Pine Belt

Invest 92L looms near Gulf; will bring heavy rain to Pine Belt
Model data suggests Invest 92L may strengthen to a tropical depression and perhaps even a tropical storm before making landfall. (Source: WDAM)

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Invest 92L is moving toward the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to develop into a tropical depression later this week as it moves west through the northern gulf. At a minimum, this storm will bring heavy rain and some gusty winds to our area starting as early as Wednesday and may stick around until as late as next Monday.

What to expect:

As Invest 92L develops, expect cloud cover to increase and the thunderstorm coverage to increase, too, starting on Wednesday. The main bulk of the rain won't arrive until later in the week, but due to the track of this system, there may be prolonged impacts to our area.

Right now, model data suggests Invest 92L may strengthen to a tropical depression and perhaps even a tropical storm before making landfall. If so, it may be given the "potential tropical cyclone" moniker until it reaches tropical storm strength. The National Hurricane Center doesn't do this to make things confusing, but rather, so it can issue watches, warnings and advisories to alert the public.

Threats:

It looks like heavy rain, flooding and some gusty winds will be the main concerns with this system. But, until it gets into the gulf and forms, the exact impacts are unknown.

Timing:

The timeline is between Wednesday and Monday

Unknowns:

There are probably more unknowns than knowns at this point. The eventual track, strength and impacts are all unknowns. Continue to check back with the WDAM First Alert Weather Team for the latest information.

More Info:

For more scientific information on this, and other, forecasts, you can get extra details and a complete scientific breakdown over on Nick's Blog.

Preparations:

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