Tropical Storm Bret forms in Atlantic off Venezuelan coast

Janie Parker
June 20, 2017

Hurricane Hunters are scheduled to fly into an area of interest in the Caribbean Sunday.

The Met Office says the strong tropical wave east-southeast of Barbados has been upgraded to Potential Tropical Cyclone #2. Clouds will hang around but eventually move out by Tuesday morning leaving us with mostly sunny skies.

Storm warnings have been issued for Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada and the cost of Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana. But this is not the storm that we are most concerned about here in Central Louisiana.

RAINFALL: The disturbance is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS and Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle through Wednesday evening.

Two areas of potential development are being watched by the National Hurricane Center. Regardless of the eventual track, the system will send abundant tropical moisture up into Alabama and Georgia, leaving us with ample opportunity for daily showers and thunderstorms.

In addition, large easterly swells of at least 5 to 6m (16 to 20 ft) are also forecast to accompany the system.

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Check the Palm Beach Post storm tracking map.

Authorities expect a tropical or subtropical cyclone to form by late Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Arlene developed earlier this year in April, so this next tropical system would be the second one of the season, Hathaway said.

It is expected to dissipate in about 72 hours.

While its organization hasn't changed much since Friday, some development is projected to happen during the next few days before tropical cyclone formation conditions dwindle.

"We continue to advise that all interests along the Gulf Coast of eastern Mexico and the United States should continue to carefully monitor the progression of this system", Pydynowski said.

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