The Gulf Coast is getting ready for a tropical storm that hasn't
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 3:15
A tropical storm warning has been issued for a section of Louisiana's coast as a weather system approaches from the Gulf of Mexico.
Now located about 300 miles (485 km) south of Morgan City, Louisiana, it is expected to be near the Louisiana coast late on Wednesday, the Miami-based weather forecaster said. Should the storm jog farther west than the upper Texas coast, then flooding rainfall could extend farther south along the Texas coast.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Harris, Galveston, Liberty and Chambers counties.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from west of Intracoastal City to High Island, TX.
Farther away, Tropical Storm Bret has also formed in the Atlantic but is not expected to threaten Texas.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana, including Isla de Margarita, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.
Cindy is moving to the northwest and should reach the coast by late Wednesday or early Thursday.
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.
"Interests elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the central Texas coast to the western Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system", according to the advisory.
There's a minimal chance the subtropical system could become tropical in the coming days and turn into Tropical Storm Cindy before making landfall early Thursday morning. Its maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (64 kph) with weakening expected to begin later in the day.
Meanwhile, the Atlantic hurricane season's second tropical cyclone, Tropical Storm Bret, continues to move westward into the eastern Caribbean Sea. Gov. Greg Abbott also ordered the State Operations Center to elevate its readiness in response to the storm starting at noon on Wednesday.
For the latest information on these storms, visit the National Hurricane Center.