Tropical Depression Nine Forecasted to Strike Louisiana as a Hurricane

Thursday, 26 August 2021 15:35:41 +00:00

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to reach hurricane strength on Saturday and make landfall somewhere on Gulf Coast on Sunday.   On the current forecast track, Nine is expected to strike Louisiana late Sunday evening or early Monday morning at hurricane strength.  The storm may strengthen before landfall and could reach major hurricane strength (i.e., Category 3 or higher) before landfall.  There is a possibility of tropical storm force winds from Texas to Alabama.  It is still early in the life of this storm and the forecasted path and speed of the storm could change. 

Key Messages

  1. Tropical storm conditions are likely in portions of the Cayman Islands tonight and western Cuba Friday and Friday night, with dangerous storm surge possible in portions of western Cuba, including the Isle of Youth, in areas of onshore flow.
  2. The system is expected to produce life-threatening heavy rains, flash flooding and mudslides across Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, western Cuba, including the Isle of Youth and northeastern portions of the Yucatan Peninsula.
  3. This system is forecast to approach the northern Gulf Coast at or near major hurricane intensity on Sunday, although the forecast uncertainty is larger than usual since the system is just forming. There is a risk of life-threatening storm surge, damaging hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall Sunday and Monday along the northern Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle to the upper Texas coast, with the greatest risk along the coast of Louisiana. Interests in these areas should closely monitor the progress of this system and ensure they have their hurricane plan in place.


Wind Speed Probabilities

Storms tracks may change so stay tuned

Companies with interests along the Gulf Coast should pay special attention.

Recommendations for Contact Centers

ContactRelief has issued Tropical Weather Strategy alerts and recommendations for the affected areas.  Contact centers should monitor the forecast track, wind field size, and arrival time of tropical force winds in the ContactRelief Command Center and take action if there is any deviation of either storm's forecasted track.

The ContactRelief Disaster Decision Team will continue to monitor the storm's development and issue additional advisories as warranted.

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