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Coastal warnings extended as tropical system moves toward Gulf Coast

This is the projected path of Tropical Storm Bret.   (Source: NHC) This is the projected path of Tropical Storm Bret. (Source: NHC)
The map shows the projected path of Potential Tropical Cyclone Three.  (Source: National Hurricane Center/NOAA) The map shows the projected path of Potential Tropical Cyclone Three. (Source: National Hurricane Center/NOAA)

(RNN) - The National Hurricane Center extended tropical storm warnings for parts of the Texas coast after the formation of Potential Tropical Cyclone Three in the Gulf of Mexico. It is located north of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, about 265 miles south of Morgan City, LA and about 355 miles southeast of Galveston, TX. 

The NHC forecast has it tracking toward the Gulf Coast in the area of the Louisiana-Texas border.  A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Intracoastal City, LA, to the mouth of the Pearl River, the NHC says. 

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from west of Intracoastal City to west of High Island, TX, to San Luis Pass, TX.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 24 to 36 hours. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

The storm is moving to the north-northwest at 8 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Some slight strengthening is expected before the system reaches land, the NHC says. Rain totals from 4 to 10 inches are expected in parts of coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the western Panhandle of Florida through Wednesday evening.  

And the second named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has formed just off the coast of Venezuela. Tropical Storm Bret has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. The storm is located about 135 miles southeast of Trinidad in the Atlantic Ocean.

A tropical storm warning was issued for Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada and the coast of Venezuela earlier Monday. Aruba and Bonaire are also under tropical storm warnings.

The storm is expected to weaken on Wednesday and become a tropical depression.  

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 next storm names on the 2017 list are Bret and Cindy, since Tropical Storm Arlene formed in the Atlantic in April. 

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said the Atlantic may have an above-average hurricane season this year, with a 70-percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms, of which five to nine could become hurricanes, including two to four major hurricanes.

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