TS Bret to dump rain over Venezuelan coast, SE Caribbean

Tomas Mccoy
June 23, 2017

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.

Flash flood watches are posted from southeastern Louisiana into southern Georgia and the Florida Panhandle, where multiple rounds of heavy rain and saturated soil could result in significant flash flooding.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday morning (6/20/17), the system was located about 265 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana.

The disturbance already had winds of 45 miles per hour, but satellite and aircraft data now indicate that the storm has a well-defined center.

A tropical storm warning has gone into effect for Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana including Isla de Margarita, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. A tropical storm watch is in effect from Cameron Parish and west to Texas' High Island community in Galveston County.

Rain and tides, rather than wind, were considered the main danger from the system. Most coastal cities will see at least 5 inches of rain. "Forecast totals may exceed 10" in spots!

The biggest threat from the storm will be heavy rain along the U.S. Gulf Coast, said Dan Pydynowski, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc.in State College, Penn. This could lead to coastal flooding, particularly at high tide. "My office, along with GOHSEP, will provide regular updates as we receive them". Even more concerning is the fact that the cone of probability doesn't show where the worst part of the storm will hit.

Parishes along the coast made sandbags - or sand and bags - available to people who wanted to protect homes and businesses. "We stand ready to assist local communities in the event of an emergency, and I ask all Texans to keep those in the storm's path, and our fearless first responders, in their prayers as they prepare for this storm." . He said the Escatawpa River, at 15 feet Tuesday, would typically be lower than 3 feet at this time of year.

As Potential Tropical Cyclone Three inched toward the Gulf Coast, officials warned residents to prepare seriously for the expected deluge of rainfall that will trigger flooding for many.

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

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