Tropical Storm Olga forms in Gulf of Mexico

System not threatening Florida


ORLANDO, Fla. – Tropical Storm Olga has officially formed in the Gulf of Mexico but isn't expected to maintain its status for long, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters said Friday night that the system, which had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and higher gusts, was about 270 miles south-southeast of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and was moving north-northeast at 17 mph.

According to the Hurricane Center, Olga is expected to merge with a cold front and become a post-tropical low within a few hours.

Strong winds and coastal flooding are all possible along the northern Gulf Coast, according to the NHC, as well as heavy rainfall across the Central Gulf Coast.  A couple of tornadoes are also possible Friday night across southeast portions of Louisiana and Mississippi into southwest Alabama, forecasters said.

The system is not expected to impact Florida.

The next named storm will be called Rebekah. Hurricane season ends Nov. 30.

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