TRACKING THE TROPICS: Monitoring two developing storms near the Gulf of Mexico

Tropical storm warnings were in effect yesterday evening for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana, including Isla de Margarita.

Total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are now expected over the Windward Islands Monday through Wednesday.

The system's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 40 miles per hour.

The disturbance is expected to continue to develop as it moves northwest across the Yucatan Peninsula. The warning means tropical storm conditions are expected in those areas over the next 24 hours.

Thunderstorm activity associated with the disturbance continues to show signs of organization, and additional development is likely during the next day or so.

At 5pm EST Monday, following a Hurricane Hunter mission, the National Hurricane Center confirmed that a tropical system off the coast of Venezuela had developed into a storm.

There will be plenty of deep tropical moisture, so heavy rain is the primary threat. On that path the center of the storm was expected to come ashore somewhere along the Louisiana/Texas border by late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Bret is moving along South America's northern coast. It appears to have weakened, with limited storms appearing on satellite, and its chances of development are 50 percent over the next five days. It is packing winds of 40 miles per hour.

The system that will become Cindy is not the only storm meteorologists are tracking this week. They warn, however, that a slight jog to the east could bring heavy rain and some flooding to the Tampa Bay area. Aruba and Bonaire are also under tropical storm warnings.

  • Leroy Wright