1 tropical storm churns in Gulf, 2nd disbands in Caribbean

While the northern Gulf Coast braced for Cindy, the southern Caribbean region was dealing with Tropical Storm Bret, which unleashed heavy flooding, knocked out power and ripped off several roofs in some areas of Trinidad &Tobago.

Rip currents, high surf and some coastal flooding are also possible.

The Hurricane Center warned of the following impacts.

A tropical storm warning for New Orleans was canceled on Wednesday morning.

Many parts of the Gulf coast closed their beaches to swimmers Tuesday.

The storm is expected to strengthen and consolidate slightly before it reaches the Louisiana coast late Wednesday. But the tropical storm warning remains in effect from the mouth of the MS to San Luis Pass, Texas.

The Gulf of Mexico is home to about 17 percent of U.S. crude and 5 percent of dry natural gas output, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The storm system is about 265 miles south of Morgan City, La., and though it has been stationary for the past few hours, it is expected to begin moving northwest at a speed of 10 mph soon.

A turn toward the north-northwest and then toward the north is expected Wednesday night and into and early Thursday. Bret had degenerated into a tropical wave by Tuesday afternoon.

Forecasters say landfall is expected Thursday. More on that can be found below in our "U.S. threat" section.

The 10 News Weather Team continues to track Tropical Storm Cindy as it heads toward the Central Gulf Coast. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 21 miles per hour (33 kph). The rain will be accompanied by tropical-force winds lasting through early Thursday morning.

At times, the heavy rain led to water collecting on some roads and ditches, especially in poor drainage areas. As a result, flash flood watches are in place from southeastern Louisiana through coastal areas of Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

It should be noted that the majority of the rain will be on the northern and eastern side of the low-pressure system and could affect areas far from its center.

The concern for high water would be more pronounced across the Southern Coalfields where 2"+ of rain are expected". A tropical storm warning that had extended from the Florida border west to Texas was scaled back, stretching from the mouth of the Mississippi River to just west of Galveston.

  • Larry Hoffman