Tropical storm warning expanded along Gulf Coast

Jay Jacobs
June 23, 2017

It has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 21 miles per hour (33 kph).

The main threat with this storm is flooding, with up to a foot of rain possible over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Tropical Storm Cindy continues to send tropical moisture toward our area resulting in on and off rain. Hurricane hunters are scheduled to fly through this storm on Monday, if necessary.

Cindy was formed at 12:30 p.m.

The Louisiana National Guard dispatched high water vehicles and helicopters into flood-prone areas. Some slight strengthening is possible before the system reaches the coast. Street flooding is expected, and some homes may be vulnerable as well. Much like "Potential Tropical Cyclone Three", there were watches and warnings in place before Bret was named. On the forecast track, the center of Cindy will approach the coast of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas late today or tonight, and move inland over southeastern Texas or southwestern Louisiana on Thursday. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.

The storm which is threatening the United States Gulf Coast has so far forced two Carnival Cruise ships to sail reversed itineraries.

Police say flooding already is being reported on Dauphin Island south of Mobile, Alabama. This included Panama City Beach, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, the report also said.

On Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide state of emergency in preparation for anticipated severe weather and flash flooding this week.

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The NHC warns of heavy rains and that tornadoes could occur on Tuesday from south-central Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle.

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.

While winds are at 40 miles per hour, but Tropical Storm Bret is expected to weaken by Thursday, Mays said.

The heavy rains from Tropical Storm Bret flooded roads and other areas in Trinidad.

One system is located near the Yucatan Peninsula and portions of the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Initially, areas along the Interstate-10 corridor along a 600-mile-long swath from the Louisiana coast to part of the Florida west coast will experience the heaviest rainfall and greatest risk of flooding.

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