Meanwhile Monday, Tropical Storm Bret formed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Venezuela. The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), the largest privately owned crude storage terminal in the United States, suspended vessel offloading operations ahead of the storm, but said it expected no interruptions to deliveries from its hub in Clovelly, Louisiana.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Lee Smithson, warns of a serious threat of flooding along the Gulf Coast from heavy rain bands predicted to fall out from Tropical Storm Cindy, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at MEMA headquarters in Pearl, Miss. Cindy has top sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and the storm is presently stationary in the Gulf. When it becomes more organized, PTC 3 will be designated Tropical Storm Cindy since sustained wind speeds are greater than 39 miles per hour and less than 74 miles per hour.
Coastal flooding will be minor.
Our clouds will begin to increase Thursday, and a few spotty showers and storms are possible late Thursday afternoon and evening as Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall to our southwest. But the flooding only tells part of the story.
An abundance of moisture exists on the right side of this storm and that puts us in the wake of heavy rain potential through Thursday morning.
Already some flooding from outlying rain bands was reported on Alabama's Dauphin Island and flood control locks and gates were being closed along Louisiana's bayou-marbled coast as Cindy hovered almost stationary - still well offshore.
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Southern US at risk for major flooding.
To have two storms in the Atlantic in June is a bit out of the ordinary.
The new designation was created to allow the National Hurricane Center to issue tropical storm warnings for coastal communities before the storm is given a name. Having storms form outside of hurricane season is not an uncommon occurrence.
The start of summer doesn't just bring heat concerns, but tropical storms. Brock Long was confirmed by a vote of 94-5 on Tuesday to run FEMA.
According to his office, he has also activated boat and vehicle squads in case of any emergencies.
The change was part of a series rolled out by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), starting in the 2017 season.