Tropics heating up: Tropical Storm 'Cindy' forms, heading for Gulf Coast
Hurricane season begins on June 1 each year, but the month of June is typically fairly quiet for tropical weather activity.
This season is getting off to a quick start with two tropical storms forming in the last 24 hours.
'Bret' formed near Trinidad on Monday, and brought tropical storm force winds to portions of the Windward Islands and northeast Venezuela Monday night. It's a disorganized system, but still a tropical storm nonetheless. Bret is expected to continue to weaken over the next day or two.
More notably, Tropical Storm 'Cindy' formed Monday afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued for parts of the Gulf Coast. The system is expected to move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas by Thursday.
Wind will not be a major issue with this system. Top winds are not expected to strengthen much higher than 45 mph. It will, however, be a heavy rain producer. Flash flooding is a big concern from Texas to the Florida panhandle.
According to the National Weather Service's Jackson, MS office, 2017 is only one of four years to have two concurrent named storms in the month of June. The other years are 1909, 1959 and 1968.