Tropical Storm Cindy formed in the Gulf

Tropical Storm Cindy formed in the Gulf.

Tropical Storm Cindy formed yesterday in the Gulf. As of the 5am update the storm is about 170 miles south-southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. The storm is currently moving northwest at 8mph, and a Tropical Storm warning has been issued for San Luis Pass, Texas to the Alabama-Florida border. The slow moving storm is expected to make landfall somewhere along the Texas and Louisiana border sometime early Thursday morning.

From the National Hurricane Center:

A turn toward the north-northwest and then toward the north is expected tonight and early Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Cindy will approach the coast of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas late today or tonight, and move inland over southeastern Texas or southwestern Louisiana on Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.

Little change in strength is expected today.

Slight weakening is forecast to begin on Thursday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 275 miles (445 km), mainly north through northeast of the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb (29.44 inches).


Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches.  Affected areas are southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday.

This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches can be expected farther west across western Louisiana and eastern Texas through Thursday.

Rainfall should spread northeastward across Arkansas and into portions of the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys through Friday, with total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts possible.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are affecting portions of the northern Gulf of Mexico coast over the eastern part of the warning area. These conditions should spread westward within the warning area through early Thursday.

STORM SURGE: Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is expected along the coast.  Isolated areas possibly up to 4 feet.

TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible this morning through tonight from the western Florida Panhandle to southern Louisiana.

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