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Tropical Storm Bret forms, flood watch issued in Florida

20 June 2017

A tropical storm warning is in effect along the USA coast from Louisiana's Cameron Parish and east to the mouth of the Pearl River, which borders Mississippi.

Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings are in place along the coastline from east Texas across Louisiana.

Persons with marine interests in St Lucia are strongly advised to exercise extreme caution. It had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Tropical system targets Gulf Coast, system slightly strengthens
The storm system is not expected to strengthen on Tuesday and is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression on Wednesday. A warning is still in effect for portions of Venezuela, from Pedernales to Cumana including Isla de Margarita.

In NWS terminology, a tropical cyclone refers to a closed, low-level circulation system of clouds and thunderstorms originating over tropical or subtropical water.

Residents along the Gulf Coast are getting ready for a lot of rain courtesy of "potential" Tropical Cyclone #3.

The storm system in the central Gulf has prompted the National Hurricane Center to raise tropical storm watches and warnings along the Gulf Coast from the Louisiana-Mississippi border over to Texas.

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Forecasters in Cayman said the islands were still experiencing windy conditions associated with that weather system, but they expect that to recede as it moves north.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center are watching two tropical systems in the Atlantic basin that have a potential to become tropical storms in the next couple of days. The storm's eye is about 125 miles (200 km) southeast of Trinidad.

Bret transitioned to a tropical storm late Monday afternoon. The most torrential rain is likely to be to the east of the center of the storm, because these areas will see a prolonged period of onshore flow.

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Some strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours, and the disturbance is forecast to be a tropical storm when it moves through the Windward Islands and eastern Venezuela on Monday night and Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Bret forms, flood watch issued in Florida