Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tropical Storm Fay to turn west, could re-enter Gulf

After it crosses Florida, Tropical Storm Fay seems to want to go to Georgia, but there is still a chance that it could turn back into the Gulf of Mexico, possibly heading toward Louisiana.

The official forecast path has Fay reaching the Alabama coast as a tropical depression early Tuesday morning. However, a number of computer models show the storm actually re-entering the Gulf of Mexico and then making landfall in westernmost Florida, Alabama or Mississippi, before being pulled back east and north by an approaching frontal system.

The changing forecast keeps the New Orleans area within the National Hurricane Center's five-day risk bubble, and there's now a 10 percent chance that much of the area could experience tropical storm-force winds during those five days.

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