Here at home, Wednesday features good sun in the morning, followed by showers and storms in the afternoon, especially along the Gulf coast and in the interior.. A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains at the Atlantic beaches on Wednesday and into Thursday. Highs on Wednesday will be in the low 90s — but it will feel as if it’s well over 100 degrees outside.
Thursday will bring mostly sunny skies alternating with periods of showers and storms in the afternoon. Thursday’s highs will be in the low 90s.
Friday will feature a mix of sun and clouds to start and passing showers and storms in the afternoon. Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.
Saturday will be another summer day of sun and clouds in the morning, followed by showers and storms in the afternoon. Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.
Sunday’s forecast calls for more of the same — partly sunny skies alternating with periods of showers and storms. Highs on Sunday will be in the low 90s again.
In the tropics, it’s a worst-case scenario as Hurricane Laura intensifies rapidly and expanded in size as it nears the Louisiana and east Texas coast. At 5 am Wednesday, Laura was located near 26.1 North, 90.7 West, about 335 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas. Maximum sustained winds were 110 miles per hour, but Laura is now forecast to reach category 4 status before landfall. The hurricane was moving northwest at 15 miles per hour, and tropical storm force winds will reach the coast by midday on Wednesday. A hurricane warning is in effect from San Luis Pass, Texas to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, and there’s a hurricane watch from Intracoastal City to Morgan City, Louisiana. Besides destructive winds, up to 12 feet of storm surge flooding is possible in the warning area, and 5 to 10 inches of rainfall will create inland flooding in the region.