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Tropical Storm Cindy forms in the Gulf of Mexico

23 June 2017

Heavy rains and wind could disrupt oil supplies at the massive refining and production centers along the U.S. Gulf Coast, which could drive up prices for consumers.

The disturbance already had winds of 45 miles per hour, but satellite and aircraft data now indicate that the storm has a well-defined center.

WeatherBell Analytics LLC forecast 11 to 13 named tropical storms in the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, according to a May outlook.

The system is now stalled over the northern Gulf of Mexico, but it will pick up a little more speed Wednesday as it heads toward the southwestern Louisiana coast. There's a good chance it will reach tropical storm status before reaching the Gulf Coast, and it would take the next name Tropical Storm Cindy. "This system may not be large, but heavy rainfall and coastal flooding are nearly a certainty".

A state of emergency was declared Tuesday by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey as the state prepared for impacts from the system.

The service anticipated between two to three inches of rain in Meridian but a few areas may receive heavier rainfall that could lead to flash flooding throughout the week.

Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to approach the coast of southwest Louisiana late Wednesday or Wednesday night, and move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.

The heaviest rains are expected in an area that includes the port city of Mobile, Alabama, and the cities of Pascagoula and Biloxi in Mississippi.

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"This is going to be a very serious event", Landrieu said. Should the storm jog farther west than the upper Texas coast, then flooding rainfall could extend farther south along the Texas coast.

High surf and rip currents are also likely from the Florida Panhandle into southeastern Texas midweek. "On the forecast track, the centre of the tropical storm will continue to move across the south-eastern Caribbean Sea today", the NHC said.

"Some areas over the interior Southeast states may experience life-threatening flooding as a result".

In addition, there is a low risk for tornadoes. This allows residents in the impacted area to have more time to prepare for tropical weather.

Seas over much of the Gulf of Mexico may remain too rough for small craft through at least Thursday.

Tropical Storm Bret formed Monday afternoon off the northern coast of South America, the National Hurricane center said. Bret is now moving westward along the southern edge of the Caribbean Sea but is not expected to be a threat to the U.S.

According to Colorado State University research scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach, this is the first time since 1968 that the Atlantic has had simultaneous storms during the month of June.

Tropical Storm Cindy forms in the Gulf of Mexico