TS Bret causes heavy flooding, power outages in Trinidad

Vincent Carr
June 20, 2017

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from west of Intracoastal City to High Island, Texas.

Nussbaum notes, "The latest forecast models show what will likely be Cindy making landfall anywhere between SW Louisiana and the SE TX coast on Thursday Morning".

On the forecast track, the center of the tropical storm will continue to move across the southeastern Caribbean Sea today. Wind does not appear to be the number one concern right now, instead the potential for heavy rain along the Gulf Coast is the biggest threat.

Double flag conditions have been declared for Walton County beaches, with officials closing the water to swimmers.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Bret has formed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Venezuela.

The National Hurricane Center gives the storm a 80 percent chance for development over the next 48 hours and a 90 percent chance for development over the course of the next five days.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to move inshore early Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas line before weakening and moving northeastward in a sweeping arc. Some areas could see isolated heavy rain.

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As of 7 a.m., the disturbance was 265 miles south-southwest of the Mississippi River and about 300 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana.

The storm's eye was located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Trinidad Monday evening.

The system's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 40 miles per hour.

We are also watching a second tropical storm (Tropical Storm Bret) over Venezuela, which won't directly impact the United States.

The NWS puts the risk of excessive rainfall at marginal to slight, but says the uncertainty of the storm's path means residents should keep a close watch on the weather.

Storm surges are expected of 1 to 3 feet above ground level and possible tornadoes from south-central Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle.

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