BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Olga is now a post-tropical system as of 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. The system was upgraded from a Tropical Depression to Tropical Storm Olga around 3:30 p.m. Friday. No warning was issued for Louisiana’s coast since the storm later became non-tropical as expected.
Rain and some gusty winds overnight Friday into Saturday are likely to be the main effects of the storm.
The system is expected to merge with an approaching cold front and will contribute to what was already expected to be a rainy pattern along much of the Gulf Coast.
Ultimately, while a tropical landfall is not expected with this system, it will add additional tropical moisture to an already wet setup for the next two days.
With rains expected to exit the area a bit sooner than previously anticipated Saturday, the Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) is now set to expire at 7 a.m. instead of 1 p.m.
We may see one last batch of wet weather move through Saturday morning in association with a cold front. At this point, it still looks as though most of the rain is gone by lunchtime Saturday, hopefully leaving the area with drier conditions for the 2:30 p.m. kickoff in Tiger Stadium between LSU and Auburn. However, anyone planning on tailgating during the morning hours should be ready to deal with some rain though.
Tropical formation in the Gulf during October is uncommon, but it does happen. Louisiana’s most recent example is 1985′s Hurricane Juan.
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