Tropical Storm Cindy threatens 17 million along the Gulf Coast

Pablo Tucker
June 22, 2017

By 5 p.m. EDT, Bret had degenerated into a tropical wave and the National Hurricane Center or NHC had issued their final advisory.

The Tennessee Valley Authority said it was lowering some lake levels to add water storage capacity for rains from Cindy.

Locations most likely to witness the heaviest rainfall include southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama and the western part of the Florida Panhandle.

The center of the storm is projected to make landfall sometime Thursday morning over southeastern Texas or southwestern Louisiana.

On the forecast track, the tropical storm is expected to move near or over Trinidad and the eastern coast of Venezuela on Monday night and early Tuesday.

A deep layer of southerly flow will continue to rush over Alabama as it wraps counterclockwise around this tropical storm, so that means it will help transport an extremely amount of moist and tropical air throughout the region.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from west of Intracoastal City to High Island, Texas.

"We are still expecting 3 to 5 inches of rain, with the possibility of 10 inches if a slow moving rain band moves across your area", Erickson said.

Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama declared a statewide state of emergency on Tuesday, with Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana following suit on Wednesday.

Gov. Edwards emphasized that the lower-grade winds do not necessarily make the storm any less unsafe and a large hurricane.

"There's been a lot of rain in the area over the last three to four weeks so the ground is pretty saturated", said Glen Brannan of Alabama's Mobile County Emergency Management Agency. At midday, New Orleans airport reported eight flights canceled and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson had seven flights canceled, according to FlightAware, an airline tracking service. Residents in nearby counties were also offered sandbags.

"It's kind of like a slow-motion disaster for us now".

There were reports of voluntary evacuations from some coastal communities in Texas, including the Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston County, near where the storm is expected to hit land.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said emergency operations teams have been activated or are on standby to prepare for the storm's landfall. "For people along and south of the I-10 corridor, this rain could easily cause flooding of streets due to the poor drainage conditions with the tides running so high".

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