Gulf Coast prepares for Tropical Storm Cindy

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued tropical storm warnings and a flash flood watch for parts of south Texas, all of southeast Louisiana, and coastal MS, noting the potential for flooding and damage from torrential rain and winds. It has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles an hour, meaning it is just barely above the threshold to be a tropical storm.

The first storm since the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed, threatening Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada. A Flood Watch has been issued for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.

"We are monitoring both rivers that border our county to make sure we aren't having issues there", said Escambia County Emergency Manager John Dosh. Tropical Storm Bret has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

The weather service said the threat for coastal flooding will also increase today, and a coastal flood advisory is in effect for the Alabama and northwest Florida panhandle coasts.

A tropical system can bring multiple periods of rain, Kula said.

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A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area in the next 24 to 36 hours. 4-8 inches with locally higher amounts is expected between Tuesday and Thursday.

Tropical storm warnings from the U.S.

Meanwhile Monday, Tropical Storm Bret formed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Venezuela. A hurricane warning extended from the New Orleans area of Louisiana west to near Beaumont, with a watch stretching from that point along the coast to Galveston. The storm is expected to weaken over the next several days into a tropical depression.

The next two hurricane names would be Bret and Cindy.

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