2 storm systems brewing in the tropics

A weather disturbance off the coast of Trinidad has been deemed a Tropical Storm Monday afternoon.

Landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast would likely be around Wednesday or Thursday, according to Accuweather.

The storm is moving to the north-northwest at 8 miles per hour at 1 a.m. CT, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

Located 305 miles south of the mouth of the MS, the brewing storm was heading north towards Louisiana at around 9mph.

The forecast favors a weaker system and more-westward track through early next week. This would ultimately lead to heavier rain for us here in the ArkLaTex with 3-5"+ possible, with rain beginning as early as late Wednesday evening".

Elsewhere in the Atlantic basin, Tropical Storm Bret is churning off the coast of Venezuela about 20 miles east-northeast from the Isla de Margarita. However, if the storm hits anywhere from, say, Corpus Christi north to the Texas-Louisiana coastline, we would expect to receive quite a bit of rainfall as a result. This storm is now situated just off the coast of Venezuela moving west northwest at 25 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center said intensification for Bret is not expected to be significant because the storm is forecast to interact with the landmass of Venezuela and increasing vertical shear.

Forecasters said the system will move out into the central or southern Gulf on Monday.

There is a 90 percent chance that the system near the Caribbean develops later today or tomorrow, and an 80 percent chance for the system in the Gulf of Mexico. It likely will become Tropical Storm Cindy or a subtropical cyclone in the next couple of days.

  • Carolyn Briggs