HOUSTON (ICIS)--Meteorologists named on Tuesday the third tropical storm during this year's Atlantic hurricane season, a cyclone that is threatening oil production in the Gulf Coast and heading towards the nation's petrochemical and refinery hub.
Tropical Storm Cindy has formed in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 355 miles (565 km) from Galveston, Texas, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Cindy, which NOAA described as stationary as of 13:00 Houston time (19:00 GMT), has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. NOAA stated the system is expected to resume moving Tuesday (Houston time), heading northwest at 10 miles/hour.
Cindy is expected to approach Louisiana’s southwest coastline late Wednesday or Wednesday night, NOAA added, moving inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday.
Tropical wind conditions are expected on the US Gulf Coast shoreline as early as Wednesday, while rainfall is expected for Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Thursday.
Cindy is the third named tropical storm of 2017, following Tropical Storm Bret which formed on Monday, and Tropical Storm Arlene which formed in April.
Tropical storm Bret, which was named on Monday is north of Venezuela, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles/hour. Bret is moving west to northwest at 23 miles/hour.
According to NOAA, a tropical storm watch remains in effect around the Texas coast near Galveston, while parts of Louisiana’s coast are under a tropical storm warning.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from 1 June through 30 November.