First Alert: tropical wave heads to Texas, tropical depression six forms

Eric's First Alert Forecast 6 PM Aug 19, 2023
Published: Aug. 18, 2023 at 11:45 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2023 at 7:09 PM CDT
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BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - There are five separate tropical disturbances we’re keeping an eye on in the Atlantic - including Tropical Depression Six, which is expected to dissipate over the coming days near the Lesser Antilles. Invest 98L near the Cabo Verde Islands is expected to curve out in to the Atlantic. Invest 90L in the eastern Caribbean is expected to meander around the Caribbean islands over the next week.

Closer to home, a tropical wave near Cuba is being monitored as it is expected to move into the Gulf in the coming days as an open tropical wave. Model trends continue to have it tracking south of the Mississippi Coast by late Sunday into Monday. It is possible it could bring a few showers and breezy conditions. However, the majority of the rain is expected to stay offshore. It is possible that this wave develops into a tropical depression or tropical storm before moving inland over Texas by the middle of the coming week.

This comes as drought conditions are intensifying over South Mississippi and burn bans have been placed in effect for: Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Stone, George, and Pearl River Counties until further notice. Breezy conditions on Monday could potentially elevate fire danger.

Since January first, Gulfport-Biloxi has only measured about 23 inches of rain. That is almost 20 inches below normal.

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