The system is located 150 miles east southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and moving west southwest at 8 mph and the pressure is 1011 mb.
Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph (45 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 72 hours, and the disturbance is forecast to become a tropical depression Thursday morning, a tropical storm Thursday night, and a hurricane on Friday.
The next named storm of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season is Barry.
The system is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 12 inches near and inland of the central Gulf Coast through early next week, with isolated maximum rainfall amounts of 18 inches.
Rainfall amounts exceeding 6 to 9 inches have already occurred across portions of the New Orleans metropolitan area today, which has resulted in flooding.
10am - Potential Tropical Cyclone 2 Update:
The system is not organized enough to call it a tropical depression or storm yet. However, it should develop into a tropical cyclone by Thursday over the northern Gulf of Mexico.
It is located 170 miles east southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and moving west southwest at 8 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 30 mph and the pressure is 1011 mb.
Environmental conditions are conducive for development of this system, and a tropical depression is expected to form late today or Thursday while the low moves slowly westward across the northern Gulf of Mexico. An Air Force Reserve Unit reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon. This system could produce storm surge and tropical-
storm- or hurricane-force winds across portions of the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Upper Texas coasts later this week. In addition, this disturbance has the potential to produce very heavy rainfall from the Upper Texas Coast to the Florida Panhandle.