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Tropical Storm Olga forms in the Gulf of Mexico

The storm is expected to merge with a cold front and become post-tropical before impacting Louisiana late tonight.
The projected path of Tropical Storm Olga [National Hurricane Center]
The projected path of Tropical Storm Olga [National Hurricane Center]
Published Oct. 25, 2019
Updated Oct. 25, 2019

Tropical Depression 17 strengthened into Tropical Storm Olga late Friday. But it’s forecast to lose strength before even making landfall in Louisana late tonight or early Saturday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center 5 p.m. advisory.

The National Weather Service says that gale-force winds should be expected in the northwestern part of the gulf through Saturday. Olga is expected to move through the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys through Sunday

While the tropical storm isn’t expected to directly affect the Florida peninsula, a warm front should work its way up the state Friday, bringing temperatures in the high 80s along with a 40-percent chance of rainfall. An increased chance of rain is expected on Saturday.

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