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21 June, 2017, 07:11 | Author: Melody Ballard
  • Tropical storm forecast to form in the gulf, could impact US

There is a 90 percent chance that a tropical storm will develop in the Gulf of Mexico in the next day or two, threatening oil and natural gas facilities and other energy infrastructure as it advances toward Texas and Louisiana.

At 8 a.m. Tuesday, Bret was located about 20 miles east of Margarita Island, a popular tourist resort off the Venezuelan coast, with sustained winds of 45 mph, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

The system is moving to the northwest and should reach the coast by late Wednesday.

But tropical storm watches and warnings have already been issued for portions of the Gulf Coast. "It looks like the system could strengthen into Tropical Storm Cindy today".

So far, "Potential Tropical Cyclone Three" has winds of 40 miles per hour, but Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft were unable to find a well-defined center of circulation, which keeps it from being a named storm. It is forecast to then move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday. A tropical storm watch has been issued for west of Cameron, LA, to San Louis Pass, TX.

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Most areas will get four to eight inches of rain through Friday, but some areas could see even high totals.

Flash flood watches have been posted for much of this area through Thursday evening, and the National Weather Service is warning of "multiple rounds of very heavy rain" resulting in the potential for "significant" flash flooding. Tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 205 miles, mainly east from the center of the system.

As the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins to pick up, many people have noticed meteorologists and forecasters using slightly different terminology, namely the phrase "potential tropical cyclone". But that is well west of where the strongest winds, heaviest rain and greatest storm surge are expected to occur - from coastal Louisiana to the western panhandle of Florida.

Also in the Atlantic Ocean is Tropical Storm Bret, which is moving through the southeastern Caribbean Sea.

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