Tropical storm warning issued for Louisiana's Gulf Coast

Oil traders from Texas to Louisiana braced on Tuesday for supply disruptions as a potential tropical storm developing in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico threatened to hit refining and production centers with wind and rain later this week.

We are tracking potential Tropical Storm 3 (Tropical Storm Cindy when officially named) in the Gulf of Mexico.

A tropical storm warning is in effect along the US coast from Louisiana's Cameron Parish and east to the mouth of the Pearl River, which borders Mississippi.

A storm has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is now known as a potential tropical cyclone three.

Cindy is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for portions of Venezuela.

Update 8 a.m.: Tropical storm-force winds could reach Louisiana and Texas as early as this afternoon as a system treks northwest toward the coast.

The Storm is now more than 100 miles southeast of Trinidad, moving swiftly toward the west-northwest.

In southern Louisiana, emergency management officials from several parishes met to discuss preparations for the heavy rainfall expected to be the biggest threat for most in the path of the storm, according to the New Orleans Advocate.

Bret is encountering an upper-level trough in the Caribbean, and it will eventually degrade to a tropical depression before dissipating over the western Caribbean. Much like "Potential Tropical Cyclone Three", there were watches and warnings in place before Bret was named.

"On the forecast track, the storm continues to move away from Trinidad and across the north eastern section of South America towards the ABC islands", DMS said. "Also, strong east/southeast winds will cause tides to run 2-4 feet above normal, which could lead to some coastal flooding".

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada, part of Venezuela's east coast and Isla de Margarita.

  • Julie Sanders