Tropical Storm Cindy threatens Gulf Coast; Bret in Caribbean

Cheryl Sanders
June 21, 2017

The National Weather Service said early Wednesday that flash flood watches covered parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia as the storm trudged closer to the US mainland. It will approach the Texas/ Louisiana coast late on Wednesday and move inland over southeastern Texas Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm, which formed Monday afternoon, has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with higher gusts.

A tropical storm warning was issued for part of Venezuela's east coast.

Tropical Storm Cindy strengthened Tuesday evening and is a strong tropical storm off the southwest Louisiana coast. The storm could produce "life-threatening flash floods along the central Gulf Coast", the National Weather Service said.

Cindy could bring as much as 6 to 9 inches of rain, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday, he wrote.

Forecasters issued tornado warnings for the areas around Fort Walton Beach and Indian Pass in Florida after radar indicated possible tornadoes Wednesday morning.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Lee Smithson, warns of a serious threat of flooding along the Gulf Coast from heavy rain bands predicted to fall out from Tropical Storm Cindy, Tuesday, June 20, 20. "Futuretrack suggests rain totals of 2-4" could be common across much of the ArkLaTex with more than 5-6" of rain possible in some areas.

By in large, though, the tone from officials was a cautious one due to the uncertain nature of the track and the possibility that Cindy could drop as few as 3 inches of rain if the track shifted more toward the west.

At the Escatawpa Hollow Campground in Alabama, near the Mississippi State line, owner Larry Godfrey was prepared for flooding that would add to the woes of a rainy spring.

Forecasts call for little change in the storm's strength Wednesday, with slight weakening to begin Thursday. It's the transportation of tropical moisture well ahead of the storm that will help put an abundance of moisture in the air for us. In case we get that 10 inches of rain.

The system's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 40 miles per hour (64 kph).

Cindy is expected to continue its move towards the northwest throughout the day Wednesday and then shift to the north-northwest and then the north Wednesday night and early Thursday.

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