At 11 pm Monday, the centre of Tropical Storm Bret was located near 10.0ºN latitude 61.3ºW longitude near the southern coast of Trinidad.
If it is named on Monday evening, the next tropical system name for the 2017 season is ‘Cindy’.
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”.
Even though the center of this storm is forecast to move to our west, we still need to watch this system as tropical cyclones never travel in a straight line.
At best, this system could strengthen into a Tropical Storm but the real threat will be flooding.
Clusters of thunderstorms will rumble over the area Tuesday and Wednesday, the product of a tropical cyclone developing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Total rainfall on Tuesday is expected to be between two and four inches over the Windward Islands. Hurricane hunters are scheduled to fly through this storm on Monday, if necessary.
“Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning areas overnight tonight, making outside preparations hard or unsafe”, the Dominica Meteorological Service said.
Regardless of development, heavy rains are expected to continue over portions of Central America, the Yucatan Peninsula, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba during the next day or two.
The system’s maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 40 miles per hour (64 kph). “Some of these areas could see locally heavy rain amounts of up to 8”.
The storm was moving west at a speed of 23 miles per hour.