Tropical Downpours Aim at Mobile, Pensacola

By , Senior Meteorologist
June 9, 2013; 2:22 AM ET
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The weekend is shaping up to end on a soaking note across the central Gulf Coast with the arrival of a tropical disturbance.

The disturbance will spread numerous tropical downpours across the central Gulf Coast on Sunday, soaking the cities of Gulfport, Miss., Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla.

A drenching thunderstorm or two will cross New Orleans, but the majority of the wet weather should narrowly miss the city to the east.

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The downpours not only threaten to ruin outdoor activities planned for Sunday, but may also cause localized flash flooding and travel delays.

Motorists should prepare to encounter reduced visibility and a heightened risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds from the heavy bursts of rain.

Despite being tropical and over the Gulf of Mexico, the disturbance set to deliver Sunday's downpours is not expected to strengthen into a depression.

Winds above the surface (known as wind shear) are too strong for such intensification.

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