Rain, thunderstorms in area forecast as tropical moisture moves north

Posted June 21, 2017

The center of circulation is about 200 miles off the Louisiana coast and the forecast is for the soon to be storm to track slowly northwest and move in along the western Louisiana coast late tomorrow night into Thursday morning. Jackson County Emergency Management Coordinator Donald Langham said rainfall-induced flooding appears to be the main danger from Cindy.

On Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide state of emergency in preparation for anticipated severe weather and flash flooding this week. If and when that center develops, the storm will be named Tropical Storm Cindy.

The good news for anyone vacationing in the southern Caribbean is that Bret is scurrying along and the effects will be short-lived.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles mainly to the north and east of the center.

The National Weather Service says residents in a Tropical Storm Watch should review evacuation routes and review their disaster supply kit.

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It now has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kilometers per hour), the Miami-based forecaster said. A storm surge of 1 to 3 feet is possible in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning areas.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for west of High Island to San Luis Pass in Texas. With the change, the NHC as the option to "issue advisories, watches, and warnings for disturbances that are not yet a tropical cyclone, but which pose the threat of bringing tropical storm or hurricane conditions to land areas within 48 hours". On the other hand, flash flooding for coastal and inland areas is a greater concern in the heavier rain bands that could set up over our area through Friday.

Bret impacted Trinidad and Tobago with heavy rain Monday night and continued to affect the northern coast of Venezuela.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast has it tracking toward the Gulf Coast in the area of the Louisiana-Texas border.

There is another tropical storm (Tropical Storm Bret) in the Southern Caribbean, just off the coast of South America.