Tropical Storm Cindy In The Central Gulf

We have another tropical storm, named Cindy, in the Gulf.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Cindy is located about 280 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana with top winds at 45 miles per house.  Cindy is stationary in the central Gulf, but is expected to resume moving toward the northwest.

There is a tropical storm warning from San Luis Pass in Texas to the Mouth of the Pearl River in Louisiana. 

 A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast early Thursday. On the forecast track, Cindy is expected to approach the coast of southwest Louisiana late Wednesday or Wednesday night, and move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast before the system reaches the coast on Thursday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km), mainly to the north and east of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 999 mb (29.50 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- WIND:  Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area later today and spread westward within the warning area through Wednesday. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area on Wednesday.

RAINFALL:  Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches can be expected farther west across southwest Louisiana into southeast Texas through Thursday.

STORM SURGE:  Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is possible along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area.

TORNADOES:  A tornado or two is possible this afternoon and tonight from south-central Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle.

(Graphic and text, courtesy of National Hurricane Center)

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