Tropical Storm Cindy forms, TS Bret still in Caribbean

A tropical storm watch is also in effect on the upper Texas coast from west of High Island to San Luis Pass.

STORM SURGE: Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is possible along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area.

In some areas, rainfall could reach 12 inches, forecasters with the National Weather Service said. Cindy's winds while not overly powerful are still capable of swirling gusts and hence instigating rip currents. The storm is packing heavy rain, with between four and eight inches likely as it moves north and up to 10 inches possible for parts of the gulf coast, including the Florida Panhandle. Authorities in various coastal Louisiana and MS communities handed out sandbags for areas along rivers and bayous.

The system's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 40 miles per hour. AndNowUKnow will continue to report on weather conditions that may affect important growing and transportation regions in our industry.

"At this point, the main impact we will see is the potential for heavy rainfall", Bob Bright, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Charleston, said Tuesday morning.

Some of us will wake up to wet roads after rain moved through the Charlotte area overnight.

Coastal flooding will be minor.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the storm was about 280 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana and 360 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.

"Bret is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over the Windward Islands and the northeastern coast of Venezuela through today", the NHC said in a statement on Tuesday.

While the system has sustained winds near 40 miles per hour, it lacks a defined center.

Bands of heavy rain are coming through as far east as the Florida Panhandle.

A combination of fewer tropical storms and a lessening reliance on GOM oil and natural gas production (thanks to the growth in production from inland shale plays) has kept hurricane-related damage to the nation's energy infrastructure and markets to a minimum in recent years.

The southern Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao are under a tropical storm watch. Any high winds associated with the storm are expected to hit to the west of New Orleans.

  • Leroy Wright