Tropical system moving toward Gulf Coast

Ebony Scott
June 21, 2017

The centre of Tropical Storm Bret was located by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft to be near latitude 9.4 North, longitude 59.8 West at 5:00pm Monday.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect yesterday evening for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana, including Isla de Margarita.

At 7 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Cindy was located near latitude 26.2 North, longitude 90.3 West. Cindy has been almost stationary for the past several hours, but a northwestward motion is expected to resume tonight and continue through Wednesday.

The storm is moving to the north-northwest at 8 miles per hour at 10 p.m. CT, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. The main road leading to the island's narrow western end is partially covered with water, and the city is moving vehicles and equipment to higher ground.

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On Tuesday, Governor Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency for all of Alabama, putting state emergency management agencies on alert from Mobile to Huntsville.

The warning may be issued earlier when other conditions, such as the onset of tropical storm-force winds, are expected to limit the time available to take protective actions for surge (e.g., evacuations).

Though Central Alabama may seem far from the coast-which is expected to see storm surges and extreme flooding as the center of the tropical storm moves onshore in the next 24 hours-weather experts urged those throughout the state to remain vigilant, as the outer bands of the storm could cause more than headaches. The storm will impact these areas Tuesday night into early Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Cindy has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is threatening to spread heavy rain across a wide area of the central Gulf coast. Its maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (64 kph) with weakening expected to begin later in the day.

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