The latest information suggests we need to prepare for lots of rain and more.

KATC Storm Team 3 Meteorologist Eric Zernich offers a detailed analysis of the latest information on the low that will soon enter the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Alabama.

The system now has an 80 percent chance of becoming a disturbance in the next five days. Zernich says a western track would be especially unfortunate for Acadiana:

But the big takeaway today is with the potential track further to the west towards the Texas coast that could cause more of an impact for Acadiana as it would put us on the eastern side of the storm, which is the sloppy side of tropical systems, meaning we could see the possibility of heavy rains and coastal storm surge of 2-4+ feet.

Click here to read the detailed discussion. Eric recommends we prepare now by making sure storm drains and gutters are clear of debris and readying our homes for significant amounts of rain. The bottom - line is that it's too early to say exactly where this system will go but it's never too early to be prepared for whatever may happen.