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1 tropical storm churns in Gulf, 2nd disbands in Caribbean

1 tropical storm churns in Gulf, 2nd disbands in Caribbean

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday urged residents to remain alert even though the National Weather Service had lifted the tropical storm warning in the city.

That storm, located about 315 miles (505 km) east of Curacao and packing maximum sustained winds of 45 miles (75 km) per hour is moving west-northwest and will continue to proceed across the southeastern Caribbean Sea, the hurricane center said.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Texas' San Luis Pass strait to the Alabama-Florida border.

WWL-TV Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredondo said areas closest to the coast would start to see increasing effects from Cindy as early as Tuesday evening, while the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain should expect to see worsening conditions into the night and on Wednesday. Forecasters warned 6 to 9 inches (15-22 cms) of rain and up to 12 inches (30 cms) in spots was the biggest threat in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle.

Flooding, especially in low-lying areas or those prone to collecting water, is expected Wednesday afternoon through Friday, especially if the storm stalls.




WeatherBell Analytics LLC forecast 11 to 13 named tropical storms in the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, according to a May outlook issued by the company.

In Mississippi, the city of Biloxi declared a state of emergency because of risk of flooding. Storms in the Gulf can often roil energy markets because its offshore rigs and platforms account for about 17 percent of US crude oil output and 4.1 percent of gas production. Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is possible along the coast in the tropical storm warning area.

Crude oil prices for physical delivery along the U.S. Gulf Coast were relatively stable, but cash gasoline prices rose as traders expected heavy rains and possible flooding to hit refineries in the region.

Current forecasts project this storm to stay below hurricane status, but 60 miles per hour sustained winds are still expected, along with flooding rains. If a rain band ends up sitting in one location, it has the potential to produce as much as 10 inches of rain. Conditions will likely be favorable enough for this disturbance to become a tropical (or subtropical) storm or depression as the week progresses. The National Hurricane Center issued its last advisory on Bret Tuesday afternoon.

Cindy is expected to continue its move towards the northwest throughout the day Wednesday and then shift to the north-northwest and then the north Wednesday night and early Thursday.


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