The National Hurricane Center expects a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico to develop into a tropical or subtropical storm today before making landfall along the Louisiana or Texas coast Thursday.
If a tropical storm forms, it would be named Cindy. Tropical Storm Bret formed Monday east of the Windward Islands.
Overnight, infrared satellite imagery suggested that potential tropical cyclone three’s – the would-be Cindy – circulation has become gradually better defined, but is still struggling to maintain organized showers and does not have a defined center. A closed circulation is required to be labeled a tropical cyclone.
The system, dubbed potential tropical cyclone 3, was about 325 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River early this morning with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and moving northwest at 8 mph.
As of the 5 a.m. forecast, tropical storm watches and warnings continue along coastal areas of Louisiana and Texas with tropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 205 miles, mainly on the east side of the system.
Tropical Storm Bret was maintaining 40 mph winds this morning as it moves west-northwest at 21 mph.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for portions of Venezuela. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.
The storm is expected to begin weakening today and become a tropical depression on Wednesday.