SLIDELL, La. (AP) - A tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico has weakened somewhat, but forecasters still expect it to become Tropical Storm Danielle.
Heavy rain came up the southeastern Louisiana coast into the New Orleans region early Wednesday. But National Weather Service forecast Shawn O'Neil says that rain was due to an upper-level disturbance not really tied to the depression.
O'Neil says the first true storm bands from the depression will reach coast later Wednesday.
There are signs the storm is weakening: top winds have dropped to about 30 miles per hour. But O'Neil says a tropical storm is still expected.
O'Neil says that under the current track, the center of storm will make landfall in Plaquemines Parish, move through St. Bernard Parish, then go into Hancock County, Miss.