Tropical Storm Cindy threatens Gulf Coast; Bret in Caribbean

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for the Louisiana Gulf Coast from MS to Texas and a tropical storm watch for a small swath of the Texas Gulf Coast.

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for much of Louisiana. Forecasters said the system is expected to make landfall on Thursday over southeastern Texas or southwestern Louisiana.

As of an overnight advisory, Bret sits just off the coast of Venezuela with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, moving west-northwest at 22 miles per hour.

The storm system is less than 170 miles south-southwest of Morgan City, La., and less than 225 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.

Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the Texas and Louisiana coasts within the warning area Tuesday evening. The NHC said those living in areas stretching from the central Texas coast to the western Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of Cindy.

Cindy is the third named storm of the hurricane season.

Voluntary evacuations have been ordered in at least one area of coastal Texas, and the city of Biloxi, Mississippi, has declared a state of emergency due to its risk of flooding.

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. Though there are no other areas of concern to talk about for additional tropical development tonight, the next name on this year's hurricane and tropical storm naming list is Don.

The watch area includes Beaumont, Nederland, Port Arthur and Sabine Pass.

Rain will cause the biggest impact and fall most heavily from New Orleans to the Florida Panhandle, Strum added. The majority of the tropical system will miss Mid-Missouri, but we will see some moisture stream into the region ahead of the cold front.

That said, it will be a little breezy with sustained winds from 10-15 miles per hour and gusts near 20 miles per hour, Gilmore said. 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. It will begin moving toward the northwest. The National Hurricane Center issued its last advisory on Bret Tuesday afternoon.

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  • Larry Hoffman