Tropical Storm Bret forms in Atlantic off Venezuelan coast

Posted June 20, 2017

Another tropical system could develop as the system moves westward toward the Caribbean.

Areas of interest include Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The hurricane center said conditions appear to be good for the low to develop slowly as it moves northwestward and into the Gulf early next week.

It appears nearly certain that a 93-L will become a tropical system in the Gulf by Wednesday. It is packing winds of 40 miles per hour. The exact track of this storm is very uncertain, with some models forecasting storm movement over Texas, some over the Florida Panhandle and others in between.

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Meanwhile, Storm Team 8 is monitoring another tropical system that has prompted a Tropical Storm Warning to be issued for part of the Louisiana Coast.

The second area worth watching is a tropical wave over the open Atlantic, about 1300 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands. While there is less rainfall potential at the moment to the north, we have many swollen rivers in that area due to recent rains which could also increase the local flood threat.

A tropical storm watch was issued for Aruba and Bonaire.

Two things will help: The system is expected to cross over land and make it into the Gulf of Mexico, and the Hurricane Hunters are planning to fly in for a closer look.

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Rain chances of around 70 percent for Monday are forecast to remain in place Tuesday and Wednesday before conditions ease on Thursday. Meanwhile, if the storm can track farther west, the end result could dry Central Florida out. "Most of us have already been prepared for hurricane season". Potential tropical cyclone two is east of the Winward Islands, while another area is near the Yucatan Peninsula.

This system has a 90% chance of becoming a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm within the next five days; likely across the south-central Gulf of Mexico.

It is expected to dissipate in about 72 hours.

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