As of June 20, 2017, Tropical Storm Bret was in the Caribbean Sea just north of Venezuela and was predicted to move westward toward Central America through Thursday, June 22. Bret is the second named storm for 2017 in the Atlantic basin (Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico). At the same time, Potential Tropical Cyclone Three (an area of tropical disturbance that is the potential precursor of a tropical cyclone) was present in the Gulf of Mexico and was expected to develop into a tropical storm within 48 hours and make landfall in Louisiana or Texas by June 22. [Update 6/21/17 – Shown below are the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) two-day and five-day graphical tropical weather outlooks, as of the morning of June 20, accessed at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.
Update 6/21/17 – On June 20, Potential Tropical Cyclone Three intensified into Tropical Storm Cindy. As of the morning of June 21, Cindy was expected to make landfall along the Louisiana or Texas coast late on June 21 or early on June 22, bringing heavy rainfall and flash flooding. A satelitte photo of Cindy as of about 8 a.m. EDT on June 21 is shown below.