Invest-99L enters Gulf as Tropical Depression Nine
As mentioned, the system designated as "Invest-99L" has exited the harsh and suppressive environment that has kept development at a minimum. As a result, its surroundings have become more conducive for growth. We have witnessed a well-defined center form and much improved convective organization. Due to these features, we now have the ninth tropical depression of the season. That being said, the environment is only marginal for intensification during the next day or so.
The circulation has become better defined as it is no longer interacting with destructive dry air. It is still moving through some minimal wind shear. This will help suppress any rapid intensification. It is currently moving into warm and open water in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
As originally forecast, had this storm managed to survive, it would likely influence areas east of Mobile, Ala. That still looks to be the case today. A trough is expected to scoop this system and direct it toward the northeast; away from Louisana.
If this forecast holds, the impacts to our area would be minimal. These would include rough and hazardous seas, above-normal tides, and some potential coastal flooding. Coastal is the operative word here as inland flooding will likely not be an issue. Even the majority of the rainfall should be well east of our area.
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