Watches/warnings active on La. coast as TS Bret churns in Atlantic

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A compact storm racing across the Atlantic became Tropical Storm Bret Monday afternoon.

Tropical storm warnings or watches are in effect for Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The chance of development of the system has increased to 60% as it moves over the next several days.

The storm system is not yet organized enough for the NHC to declare it a tropical storm though its maximum sustained winds reach tropical storm strength of 39 miles per hour or greater.

Forecasters say conditions are going to get better for the system to develop.

The storm is expected to move into one of the Southern coast states by midweek as a tropical storm.

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The system approaching the Winward Islands has 40 miles per hour sustained winds, but does not yet have a closed circulation to formally declare it a tropical storm.

At the moment, the exact track still has many possibilities, but east of the center could see very heavy rain spread out through the middle of the week.

Impacts in the form of breezy conditions & a few tropical squalls may begin in Acadiana as soon as Tuesday mid day. A tropical cyclone could form early in the week over the southern or central Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach portions of the warning area on Monday night, making outside preparations hard or risky. At least one forecast model shows us getting a lot of tropical moisture Tuesday and Wednesday. Stocking up on extra batteries, water, and a flashlight is a smart move as well for the entire hurricane season!

There is a likelihood that a tropical storm could develop in the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico early next week. This is expected to be able to overcome the system, and dissipate it by the end of the work week. Considerable disagreement exists between the various models, with the consensus track now moving it west toward Texas.

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