Pat Shingleton: "Another Allison????"
Baton Rouge is in the "bullseye" for flooding from now until Saturday evening. Predictions are already in place for the Amite, Comite, Tickfaw and Tangipahoa Rivers to be out of bank full and slow to subside until next week. These scenarios relive other storms for me over 36 years and this one takes me back to June of 2001 when Tropical Storm Allison skirted the Gulf Coast. Allison originated off the coast of Africa on May 21st and trekked through the Atlantic for two weeks then slid into the Caribbean and up the Mexican Coast. On June 6th, winds jumped to 60 miles per hour at Galveston and battered the region with flooding rain. Houston's first punch netted eight inches of rain, then the tropical storm parked in the downtown area for a few days. During its "stall" two feet of rain shut-down the city as the Allison slowly peeled east into Louisiana.This was long-lived tropical storm that remained on us for three days resulting in 18 inches of rain and extensively flooding from Lakes Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The coastal areas were inundated and numerous streets, boulevards and avenues were covered with water. This current low will track into Natchez today then into east Texas by Monday. Our favorite storm fuel-source, the Gulf of Mexico, will continue to load this system and throw-down another 5 to 8 inches of rain. Tropical Storms receive names but low-pressure systems don't. I'll name this one the "August 11th Soaker..."