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NWS Lake Charles weather update: 8:30 a.m. 9.17.19

PRESS RELEASE — The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has increased the rainfall forecast today through Thursday. Four to six inches of rain, locally as high as 8 to 10 inches, is expected in southeast Texas. The rain totals forecast trends lower in Louisiana, with 1 to 3 inches expected for southwest Louisiana, with local areas seeing 4 to 6 inches.

The excessive rainfall outlook for today is in the slight risk category for Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange counties, and in the marginal risk category for the southwest and south central Louisiana along and south of the US 190 corridor.
The excessive rainfall outlook for Wednesday expands the slight risk category for most of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. By Thursday the excessive rain outlook goes up to the moderate risk for parts of Jefferson, Hardin, and Tyler counties.
There is uncertainty as to the timing of when and where the heavy rains will fall over the next few days. Be on the lookout for flooded roads during and after heavy rains fall.
In addition, tides are running between one and two feet above normal. During high tides, minor coastal flooding could occur today through Thursday.