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Tropical Storm Bret forms southeast of Trinidad
NHC issues advisory on Potential Tropical Storm 3
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Tropical Storm Bret was located about 125 miles southeast of Trinidad as of 5 p.m. Monday. Maximum sustained winds were 40 mph. It was moving west-northwest at 30 mph and expected to move near or over Trinidad and the eastern coast of Venezuela tonight and early Tuesday.
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Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 – a new designation NHC is using this year – could strengthen into Tropical Storm Cindy within 24 hours as it makes its way toward the coast of Louisiana.
The second tropical storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season formed Monday afternoon as the National Hurricane Center issued an advisory alerting the public of the potential for a third named storm forming within 48 hours.

Neither storm is expected to threaten Florida or Pinellas County.

Tropical Storm Bret was located about 125 miles southeast of Trinidad as of 5 p.m. Monday. Maximum sustained winds were 40 mph. It was moving west-northwest at 30 mph.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada and Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana including Isle de Margarita. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.

On the current forecast track, Bret is expected to move near or over Trinidad and the eastern coast of Venezuela tonight and early Tuesday.

Bret is not expected to strengthen and will likely dissipate within 72 hours.

Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 – a new designation NHC is using this year – could strengthen into Tropical Storm Cindy within 24 hours as it makes its way toward the coast of Louisiana.

As of 5 p.m., Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 was located about 305 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Maximum sustained were 40 mph. It was moving north at 9 mph.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Intracoastal City to the mouth of the Pearl River. A tropical storm watch is in effect for west of Intracoastal City to High Island.

On the current forecast track, the potential cyclone is expected to move toward the Louisiana coast on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Potential for a busy season

The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 45 percent chance that the 2017 hurricane season will have above-normal activity, a 35 percent chance of near-normal activity and a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.

The seasonal Outlook calls for a 70 percent likelihood that 11-17 named storms will form this year with five-nine strengthening into hurricanes and two-four strengthening into a major hurricane. An average season has 12 named storms with six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

Pinellas County Emergency Management officials are urging residents to prepare now with special attention being given to evacuation zones and storm surge models, which have changed.

Officials announced June 1 that 85,193 parcels have changed evacuation levels. Of that number, 74,688 parcels changed to a lower level, 10,505 changed to a higher level, and 19,882 changed from a non-evacuation zone to an evacuation zone.

Storm surge models also were updated. Homes in an E evacuation zone now have the risk of experiencing storm surge up to 35 feet, D zone up to 28 feet, C zone up to 20 feet, B zone up to 15 feet, and an A zone up to 15 feet.

Residents and visitors can check evacuation levels at www.p­inell­ascou­nty.o­rg/kn­owyou­rzone, by using the storm surge protector web-based application available at www.p­inell­acoun­ty.or­g and via the interactive voice response system at 727-453-3150.

For more hurricane preparedness information, visit www.p­inell­ascou­nty/e­merge­ncy or call 727-464-3800.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from through Nov. 30.

Suzette Porter is TBN’s Pinellas County editor. She can be reached at webmaster@tbnweekly.com.
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