Disturbance to reach the Gulf of Mexico; chance of development increases

Posted June 20, 2017

However, conditions are favorable for development as it continues to move into the Gulf, and another hurricane hunter flight is scheduled to investigate the system on Monday, if necessary.

Storm warnings have been issued for Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada and the cost of Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana.

As the system moves from near the Yucatan Peninsula to the Gulf, heavy rain will continue to threaten western Cuba with flooding rain.

Maximum sustained winds were near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts.

If this does strengthen we need to watch it closely, especially if the system starts to track north-northeast.

If development occurs, the system would be known as Tropical or Sub-tropical Storm Bret or Cindy, depending on the development of Potential Tropical Cyclone 2, which is approaching the Windward Islands.

Two tropical disturbances brewing in the Tropics were given greater odds of swirling into tropical cyclones next week, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Saturday. This storm is forecast to stay a tropical storm before fizzling out.

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The National Hurricane Center is forecasting gradual intensification into a tropical storm by Monday.

For now, a broad area of circulation near the eastern end of the Yucatan Peninsula is producing storm activity over the Caribbean.

Portions of the Gulf Coast are under a tropical storm warning, including all of the Southeast Louisiana coast.

"Since we have a front over us, there's a chance later this week that some of that tropical moisture will affect, but it will have no direct impact on Georgia", Monahan said.

It would need to have sustained winds of 39 miles per hour to get a name, and that name would be either Bret or Cindy, the next two names on the list.

Hurricane season began on June 1.

The odds are still increasing that a tropical depression or storm will form in the Gulf of Mexico next week.