Tropical depression likely to form in Gulf

Published 1:51 pm Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Hurricane season has begun, with an 80 percent chance a tropical depression will form toward the end of the week in the Gulf of Mexico. If the depression’s winds reach 39 mph, it will become Tropical Storm Barry. Beyond the forecast of heavy rain, the National Hurricane Center said, “At this time, it is too soon to determine the magnitude and location of any potential wind or storm surge impacts along the Gulf Coast.”

The Weather Prediction Center says 3-5 inches of rain will be possible through the next seven days across the Gulf Coast — with some areas potentially getting a lot more.

Today, Pike County will have isolated thunderstorms so be cautious when driving. Pike County will also have high temperatures climbing into the low 90s and the heat index near 100.

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Temperatures look to be hotter with mid 90s and heat indices climbing close to 105 perhaps reaching heat advisory criteria later in the week.

We will update on the heat advisory as more information becomes available.