Tropical storm warning expanded along Gulf Coast

Kari Scott
June 21, 2017

The Houston metro area was placed under a tropical storm watch around 10 a.m. Tuesday, although there is no named storm in the Gulf of Mexico.

A tropical system is gaining strength as moves northwards in the Gulf of Mexico, heading toward the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and forecasters say the disturbance is becoming better organized.

The disturbance is expected to move toward Louisiana Wednesday night with the heaviest rains east of the center.

Some slight strengthening is possible before the system reaches the coast.

The estimated track takes it over Trinidad and Tobago sometime Tuesday, which are facing tropical storm warnings, as it the island of Grenada and the Venezuelan coastline.

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

12 inches, over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday.

Heavy rains and rough surf will hit the three nearby countries in the coming days before the storm system fizzles.

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The system that will become Cindy is not the only storm meteorologists are tracking this week.

Forecasters say the Alabama and MS coasts could be inundated with as much as 15 inches of rain.

'Enough tropical moisture will spread from the Florida Peninsula to the Florida Panhandle and more of the central Gulf coast as the week progresses, ' Sosnowski said.

Weather threats associated with this storm include storm surge of one to three feet, rainfall of four to eight inches in portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida with some heavier downpours possible in isolated areas and the possibilityof tornadoes.

The system is moving toward the northwest near 10 miles per hour and this motion is expected to continue through Wednesday night.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Bret formed on Monday.

Meanwhile, if the system in the gulf is upgraded to Subtropical or Tropical Storm Cindy today, it will be the first time we have seen two simultaneous pre-July named storms in the Atlantic since 1968.

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