Tropical Storm Cindy forms South of Louisiana

It had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 23 miles per hour (37 kph) and becoming disorganized.

The storm has the potential to increase to Tropical Storm status before landfall, which is now expected some place along the Louisiana coast. The storm is expected to near the Louisiana coast late Wednesday, but conditions could be felt sometime today.

As the eastern fringe of the storm moves through the eastern Gulf scattered showers and storms will be possible in the Bay Area on Tuesday. A tropical storm watch is in effect elsewhere on the Texas coast from west of High Island to San Luis Pass. Flash flooding along with flooding from swollen streams and rivers is possible. It will downgrade to a tropical depression after that, but is expected to still be at tropical depression strength as it travels north, roughly along the Texas-Louisiana state line.

Another tropical system, or soon to be, now sits in the Gulf of Mexico. "As a heads up, southern Georgian Bay and just east of Toronto along the 401 corridor through Hamilton and southwest to Sarnia and Windsor could see heavy rain". It extended warnings for the storm westward to High Island, Texas, and for heavy rainfall across most portions of the Gulf Coast.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tropical Storm Cindy formed Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, hovering south of Louisiana as it churned tides and spun bands of heavy, potentially flooding rain onto the central and eastern Gulf Coast.

The weather system now has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kilometers per hour), the Miami-based forecaster said.

The storm, now designated as "Potential Tropical Cyclone Three", could also cause tornados later on Tuesday from south-central Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to move inshore early Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas line before weakening and moving northeastward in a sweeping arc.

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.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Bret is moving along South America's northern coast.

  • Carolyn Briggs