Tropical Storm Nicholas to bring heavy rainfall to Cenla
Nicholas is the 14th named storm this hurricane season
ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Tropical Storm Nicholas is forecast to make landfall on the Texas coastline late Monday night or early Tuesday. After making landfall as a tropical storm or possibly a weak hurricane, Nicholas will weaken to tropical depression status before making a curve to the northeast and tracking over Louisiana as a tropical depression.
Central Louisiana can expect to see periods of heavy rainfall increasing in coverage Monday night and continuing through at least Wednesday. As of Monday morning, the heaviest rainfall in central Louisiana is expected to fall from early Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning. We could see rain continue into Thursday, depending on how quickly Nicholas pushes out of the region.
General rainfall totals of 4-10″ will be possible over the timeframe of Monday-Thursday in central Louisiana as the storm system moves through, but locally higher amounts up to 15″ will be possible.
A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for portions of central Louisiana through Wednesday at 6 PM. The overall event will cause smaller river systems to flood while very high short-term rates prompt flash flooding in susceptible locations.
The Weather Prediction Center has issued slight (yellow) to moderate (rain) excessive rainfall outlooks for both Tuesday and Wednesday, so flash flooding is a possibility through mid-week. A slight risk indicates there is a 10-20% chance of flash flooding within 25 miles of a point. A moderate risk indicates there is a 20-50% chance of flash flooding within 25 miles of a point.
Wind will not be much of a concern with this system, with max gusts of 40-50 mph possible. There will also be a low-end tornado risk, particularly for parishes closer to the coast.
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