Tropical storm Bret could weaken to depression by Tuesday: NHC

Justin Greene
June 21, 2017

The weather system in the Gulf of Mexico has a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next day or two, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.

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.

Forecasters say the system is expected to be near the Louisiana coast by Wednesday, with some strengthening possible.

The National Weather Service issued an expanded flash flood watch for the area Tuesday, and forecasters say the flooding threat will continue through Thursday night. The effect of storm-surge flooding would be maximized if it occurs during high tide.

"Potential Tropical Cyclone Three" in the central Gulf of Mexico may be renamed "Tropical Storm Cindy" if it develops a well-defined center of circulation.

Carnival Triumph is on a 5-nighrt sailing which departed New Orleans on June 19 and Carnival Valor is also on a 5-night voyage which departed Galveston, Texas on June 17.

Cindy has top sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) and the storm is presently stationary in the Gulf.

A tropical storm watch is in place for Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

A tropical storm watch is also in effect on the upper Texas coast from west of High Island to San Luis Pass.

The heaviest rainfall from the storm is expected east of the storm's path. A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast early Thursday.

"We are tracking a Gulf system that will bring us heavy rain and coastal flooding", WWL-TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum said.

The storm was located about 20 miles (35 kilometers) east-northeast of Venezuela's Isla Margarita late Tuesday morning. The storm's maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour as it moved to the northwest at 10 miles per hour.

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