Information Bulletin Caribbean: Tropical Storm Bret

The 7 p.m. coordinates from the National Hurricane Center for Tropical Storm Cindy, located about 250 miles south-southeast of Morgan City, LA, and 350 miles southeast of Galveston, TX, Cindy is stationary, packing winds of 45 mph with a minimum pressure of 997 mb.Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 does not have a name as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, and the NWS has already issued watches and warnings along the Texas and Louisiana coasts in line with the changes. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours. The NHC said tropical storm-force winds are expected in that area Monday night.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.It’s maximum sustained winds are at 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and the storm is moving toward the northwest at 10 miles per hour (17 kph).Tropical Storm Cindy could bring heavy rain and relatively high winds on Thursday and Friday, the National Weather Service, although the forecast calls for Henderson County to get only a glancing blow.Trinidad and Tobago is not usually affected by tropical storms. Some slight strengthening is expected before the system reaches land, the NHC says. This new policy allows residents and businesses to have more time to prepare for storms that form near the coast.Bret is moving to the west and may not ever reach hurricane status.The system is not only developing at an unusually low latitude, but it also located at an unusually far east longitude; only two previous tropical storms in recorded history have developed this far east before July (in the region of the deep tropics between the Lesser Antilles and Africa): One formed on 24 June 1933, and the other on 19 June 1979.