NOAA’s National Hurricane Center issued a Public Advisory at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, October 25, 2019, due to the presence of Tropical Storm Olga (formerly Tropical Depression 17 and Invest 97L) that is tracking towards Louisiana.
Tropical Storm Olga is located 260 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana and is moving to the north-northeast at 18 mph (30 km/h).
This motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed during the next couple of days.
On the National Hurricane Center forecast track, the center of Olga should move over the northern Gulf coast late tonight or early Saturday and then move through the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys later Saturday through Sunday.
Spaghetti models are in good agreement that the tropical cyclone will make landfall along the Louisiana coast.
The official NHC forecast moved slightly to the east but still lies within the middle of the consensus computer models.
Tropical Storm Olga has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 km/h), with higher gusts.
Olga is expected to merge with a cold front and become a post-tropical low with gale-force winds during the next few hours before the center reaches the Gulf coast.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) mainly to the northeast of the center of the tropical cyclone.