Disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico upgraded to Tropical Storm Cindy

Disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico upgraded to Tropical Storm Cindy

It had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 23 miles per hour (37 kph) and becoming disorganized.

Cindy is strengthening and spreading heavy rain across much of the Central Gulf Coast.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are likely within the next 36 hours. A tropical storm watch is in effect elsewhere on the Texas coast from west of High Island to San Luis Pass.

Louisiana's emergency preparedness office says it is coordinating with local officials and readying resources in advance of Tropical Storm Cindy's threat of heavy rain and flash flooding. It will downgrade to a tropical depression after that, but is expected to still be at tropical depression strength as it travels north, roughly along the Texas-Louisiana state line.

Forecasters are advising those in the watch area to prepare for winds as high as almost 60 miles per hour and areas of locally heavy rain and flooding.

Conditions along the west coast of Florida will also be a little breezy through the middle of the week.

Fugitive polygamist Lyle Jeffs captured after almost a year on the lam
He was on the run for almost a year after escaping from home confinement in Utah pending trial on food stamp fraud charges. Jeffs and the other defendants claimed that they were sharing food and that it was a facet of their communal living .

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey declared a statewide state of emergency Tuesday morning ahead of potential heavy rainfall along the Gulf coast from a tropical disturbance in the Gulf.

Cities that could experience flooding problems from the storm include Tallahassee, Florida; Mobile, Alabama; Biloxi, Mississippi; and New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Bret is only the third known tropical storm to develop in the MDR region before July 1 in 167 years of records, according to Bob Henson of Weather Underground.

On the forecast track, the tropical storm is expected to move near or over Trinidad and the eastern coast of Venezuela on Monday night and early Tuesday. It is the second named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs until November 30.

As of 4 a.m. Tuesday, the system is centered about 305 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and is moving northwest near 8 mph.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Bret is moving along South America's northern coast.

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