Sunday, August 31, 2008

Watches/Warnings/Advisories Now Coming Down

We now have Hurricane Warnings that stretch from just east of High Island, TX, all the way eastward to the Alabama/Florida border. That is indicated by the shading of purple in the image to your left. That means hurricane conditions can be expected to impact those coastal communities within the next 12 to 24 hours.

Here locally, we have been placed under a Flash Flood Watch through Tuesday evening. At this time, it includes all the counties shaded in blue. Those counties consist of Angelina, Nacogdoches, Cherokee, Rusk, Panola, Shelby, San Augustine, and Sabine counties. We will more than likely see more counties added to a Flash Flood Watch as Gustav draws closer. Preliminary indications are we could see anywhere from 5-8" of rain, with isolated areas possibly getting up to 10". The reason for these high totals is that Gustav is expected to slow down and move through East Texas. Due to its slow movement, we are talking about lots of rain falling at a rapid pace in a short period of time.