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NWS Lake Charles tropical update: 10 a.m. 7.23.20

Tropical Depression 8 has strengthened a little this morning, and is just below tropical storm force. It could become a tropical storm before landfall along the central Texas coast on Saturday. A tropical storm watch is in effect from High Island south along the Texas coast. Our region will see wind gusts of 20 to 40 mph in the strongest rain bands.

Locally our main weather threat is heavy rain. Some places along and south of the I-10 corridor of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana could see 2-4 inches through Sunday.  Expect flash flooding during the heaviest rain.
Tides are running a foot above normal and could increase.  A coastal flood advisory may be needed Friday and Saturday. Minor coastal flooding could occur during high tides Friday morning, Friday evening, and Saturday morning.