Gulf of Mexico coast remains on alert for budding tropical system

The system is moving rapidly toward the west at around 25 miles per hour (41 kmph) and the disturbance is expected to move through the southern Windward Islands overnight and into Tuesday. If they become named storms, the next two names on tap are Bret and Cindy. The current forecast calls for sunny, hot conditions to continue unabated through the rest of the week. The storm is expected to slow as it moves near or over Trinidad and the eastern coast of Venezuela tonight and early Tuesday, forecasters said.

"Potential Tropical Cyclone #2" is moving quickly towards the Southern Windward Islands with 40 miles per hour winds. The system is also expected to encounter inhospitable conditions in the Central Caribbean and likely fizzle.

Rain totals could reach up to 4 inches across south Alabama this week, raising flooding concerns especially near the coast. There is now an 80 percent chance for the disturbance to develop into a tropical depression or storm somewhere within the Gulf of Mexico over the next five days. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire and Aruba. But this is not the storm that we are most concerned about here in Central Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting gradual intensification into a tropical storm by Monday. At least one forecast model shows us getting a lot of tropical moisture Tuesday and Wednesday.

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As of an 8 a.m. forecast, the broad area of low pressure extends from the Yucatan across portions of the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and is producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms.

"But it's remarkable to have two potential tropical cyclones at the same time during mid-June", the website added.

Far to the east is what the hurricane center is calling Potential Tropical Cyclone Two. This is expected to be able to overcome the system, and dissipate it by the end of the work week.

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