The tropical forecast turned in Houma-Thibodaux's favor on Thursday. Forecasters said a storm that had earlier threatened to enter the Gulf of Mexico this weekend was more likely to turn north and head up the East Coast on a path similar to Hurricane Dorian.

A few computer models continued to predict the system, expected to become Tropical Storm Humberto within a day or two, would make it into the Gulf on Saturday or Sunday, though the odds were relatively low. Some of the uncertainty stemmed from the fact that the storm remained disorganized, so computer models had a difficult time forging a consensus on where it will head.

This one is definitely nothing to worry about, but it's always important to keep abreast of such storms as the six-month hurricane season comes to its traditional peak. And it's a good time to take stock of your plans and readiness in case a storm does come our way. Some of the advice local experts offer routinely:

• Make sure you have an emergency kit that includes a few days’ worth of drinking water and nonperishable food, along with supplies like a flashlight, batteries, medications and pet food.

• Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose several places -- a friend’s home in another town, a motel or a shelter.

• Stay alert to reliable media and weather reports so you are aware of any threat a storm might pose and officials’ plans to deal with the emergency.

Most local residents know the drill by now. We got our latest run-through in July when Hurricane Barry threatened to deluge the area with heavy rain before sparing the area of any major damage.

Remember, the best time to prepare is in the calm before a storm threatens -- not amid the chaos that can arise when one is bearing down.

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