Tropical Depression #13 has formed in the central Gulf

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Tropical Depression #13 has formed in the central Gulf of Mexico and will be a huge threat to the Gulf coast states coming up this weekend.

This storm will more than likely strengthen into a tropical storm on Friday.  When that happens, this depression will be upgraded to Tropical Storm Lee.

The official forecast track from the National Hurricane Center takes the center of the storm into southern Louisiana this weekend.  Due to the slow movement of this cyclone, flooding will be likely from southern Louisiana through the mouth of the Mississippi as 10-15" of rain will be possible through the next few days.

Our main threats in Deep East Texas will be some windy conditions along with some bands of heavy rain in our eastern counties and communities.  Areas west of Highway 59 will have a lower chance of receiving rain, while areas east of there will have a much better shot at receiving some beneficial rainfall.

In the meantime, we encourage you to keep checking back in with KTRE-TV and to get the latest updates on your StormTracker forecast.  Remember that you can get the most up-to-date position and forecast track by going to our Hurricane Center.

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