The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for a nasty system gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico that is expected to dump inches of rain on an already saturated Alabama this weekend.

The storm, designated "Potential Tropical Cyclone Three," is expected to make landfall in Louisiana and impact the Gulf Coast sometime late Friday or early Saturday before continuing northeastward into Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and beyond.

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If the storm gains enough strength and its wind speeds exceed 39 miles per hour, it will be officially declared Tropical Storm Claudette.

The threat of the tropical storm is obviously noteworthy for any West Alabama resident planning a beach trip this weekend, but the system could also drop four to six inches of rain on Tuscaloosa County between Saturday and Monday, which could create new problems or exacerbate existing flooding in our coverage area.

Stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for updates on the storm as they become available.

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