Tropical Storm Cindy forms, T.S. Bret still in Caribbean

Posted at 11:28 AM, Jun 20, 2017

Tropical Storm Cindy has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, making it the third named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

The entire Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida has been watching the brewing low pressure system for some time now.

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In the coming days, it will likely remain a weak tropical storm as it's expected to run into less than ideal conditions for further development before making landfall late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

After landfall, Cindy's expected to fizzle quickly, then make a hard turn to the right, moving over parts of the Mid-South and bringing heavy rain along with it.

Before Cindy, Tropical Storm Bret formed in the late afternoon on Monday, June 19 in the Southern Caribbean.

That's the earliest a named storm has formed in that part of the Atlantic.

The 1933 Trinidad hurricane didn't form until June 24, and 1979's Tropical Storm Ana formed in the same region on June 20.

Bret is expected to remain at tropical storm strength as it moves between Venezuela and Trinidad & Tobago. It's also likely to impact Grenada.

Heavy rains and rough surf will hit the three nearby countries in the coming days before the storm system fades away.

The Atlantic hurricane season appears to be up and running with one tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico and another one moving through the Southern Caribbean.

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