Tropical Storm Bret forms in Atlantic; disturbance threatens Gulf

CBS Miami reports the storm will likely be upgraded to Tropical Storm Cindy before it makes landfall.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued tropical storm warnings and a flash flood watch for parts of south Texas, all of southeast Louisiana, and coastal MS, noting the potential for flooding and damage from torrential rain and winds.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Lee Smithson, warns of a serious threat of flooding along the Gulf Coast from heavy rain bands predicted to fall out from Tropical Storm Cindy, Tuesday, June 20, 20.

Storm surges are expected of 1 to 3 feet above ground level and possible tornadoes from south-central Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle.

The hurricane center on Monday issued a tropical storm warning for most of the coast of Louisiana and extended the warning to southeast Texas on Tuesday.

As it rolls across the Caribbean later today, forecasters say the storm will gain little strength and begin to weaken, likely becoming a tropical depression by Wednesday.

For the latest information on these storms, visit the National Hurricane Center. Tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 205 miles, mainly east from the center of the system.

Meanwhile, Storm Team 8 is monitoring another tropical system that has prompted a Tropical Storm Warning to be issued for part of the Louisiana Coast.

Forecasters say the Alabama and MS coasts could be inundated with as much as 15 inches of rain from the tropical storm. Florida's Sun-Sentinel is reporting that meteorologists are saying it's a bit unusual to see two storms forming in the Atlantic so early in the Hurricane season. Some areas could see as many as 12 inches of rain. Tropical storm watches are in effect for Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba.

"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.

  • Leroy Wright