After several days of meandering as an unorganized area of storminess in the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Claudette formed early Saturday morning as it moved inland into Louisiana - about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans.
While Claudette has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression as of Saturday evening, here’s what the system means for the Gulf Coast states over the rest of the weekend:
- The latest forecast track takes Claudette northeast
- Heavy, flooding rainfall will be possible across parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle through the weekend
- Claudette will weaken over land
- By Monday afternoon, Claudette will reenter the Atlantic Ocean, perhaps strengthening back into a tropical storm before dissipating over open waters
2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Names
Tropical Storm Claudette is the third named storm in 2021′s Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Below is a list of names that will be assigned to tropical storms or hurricanes this season. NOTE: Tropical Storm Ana formed earlier this year, while Bill was a short-lived tropical storm that developed earlier last week over the Atlantic.
Types of Tropical Systems
There are many types of tropical cyclones. Meteorologist Sarah Spivey takes some time to explore the differences between tropical depressions, tropical storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes in the video below.