Tropical Storm Bret forms; Cindy may be brewing

A tropical system trying to form near the Yucatan Peninsula

A tropical system trying to form near the Yucatan Peninsula

Previous story: The National Hurricane Center expects a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico to develop into a tropical or subtropical storm today before making landfall along the Louisiana or Texas coast Thursday.

"A tropical storm warning is now in effect from Cameron, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River".

The National Hurricane Center said that interest from the Texas coast to the Florida Panhandle should monitor this storm. Anywhere from the Florida panhandle, through coastal Alabama and MS, into Louisiana, are areas that could see very heavy rainfall. The warning means tropical storm conditions are expected in those areas over the next 24 hours.

"Its forecast path takes the center to southwest Louisiana on Wednesday". It likely will become Tropical Storm Cindy or a subtropical cyclone in the next couple of days.

"On the forecast track, the tropical storm is expected to move near or over Trinidad and the eastern coast of Venezuela tonight and early tomorrow", the NHC said. It extended warnings for the storm westward to High Island, Texas, and of heavy rainfall across most portions of the Gulf Coast.

It was moving to the west-northwest at 30 miles an hour.

Meanwhile, southeast of the Gulf of Mexico, tropical storm Bret was becoming disorganized and was expected to degenerate into a tropical wave later Tuesday or Wednesday. The emergency declaration, which went into effect at 10 a.m. CDT Tuesday, makes state resources available to assist areas impacted by the storm. Should it strengthen into a tropical storm, it would be the third named storm of the season - Cindy.

The strongest wind gusts will begin to depart the area by Thursday afternoon as the storm's center moves farther inland away from SW Louisiana by Thursday night.

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