orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

October 2, 2013

Keeping an eye on the weather

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is monitoring a low pressure system in the Caribbean Sea. It is still expected to reach the southern Gulf of Mexico, near the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, on Thursday. Per National Hurricane Center, this system has a 50% chance of tropical cyclone development in the next 5 days.

Once this system comes in the Gulf, steering currents indicate it will move north, then northeast once a cold front approaches the Gulf coast this weekend. The timing of this front will be the critical factor in determining how close this system gets to the local region.

The cold front is expected to move across southeast Texas, southwest, central, and south central Louisiana late Saturday into Sunday, which could steer this potential tropical cyclone away from the region.

The National Hurricane Center posted a message on the website that states, “Due to the Federal Government shutdown, NOAA.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable. However, because the information this site provides is necessary to protect life and property, it will be updated and maintained during the Federal Government shutdown.”