NWS: Tropical Storm Cindy not anticipated in Killeen area

Cheryl Sanders
June 22, 2017

Tricia Hayes records images of unusually large waves created by Tropical Storm Cindy on Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gulf Coast states were in for a third day of rough weather as Tropical Storm Cindy sloshed ashore early Thursday in southwestern Louisiana.

With flooding and possible tornadoes expected along the Gulf Coast, FMCSA is urging drivers to "drive with caution" along the I-10 corridor and in areas affected by the storm.

Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for coastal Louisiana and southeastern Texas.

"All arms of the state's emergency preparedness and response apparatus are taking Tropical Storm Cindy seriously, and we are calling on all Louisianans throughout the state to do so as well", Edwards said in a statement.

Continued weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Cindy should weaken to a tropical depression later Thursday morning, and become a remnant low Thursday night.

As of now, the main impacts to Southwest Louisiana will be the heavy rain threat that could lead to flash flooding Wednesday through Friday, and the secondary threat will be the gusty winds associated with the land falling storm Wednesday night through Thursday morning. The state said the Federal Emergency Management Agency was moving 125,000 meals and 200,000 liters of water into Louisiana. The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said the boy had walked outside a waterfront condo where he and his family were staying in Fort Morgan, Alabama, and was standing only a few feet from the door when a large wave knocked a log into him around 10:30 a.m.

The storm is expected to dump 6-to-9 inches of rain, with isolated areas with up to 12 inches, over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama and portions of the western Florida panhandle, creating possible "life-threatening flash flooding", according to the NHC. "We are still expecting most areas will receive between 1-2" of rain.

Cindy was located 40 miles northwest of Lake Charles, LA, at 7 a.m. CT Thursday.

Spots from Louisiana west to the Florida Panhandle experienced flooding Wednesday and some spots of wind damage as bands of storms made their way onshore. There were numerous reports of waterspouts and short-lived tornadoes spawned by the storm. Most of the severe weather was to the east of the storm. Wherever these highest rain totals fall, flooded roads and creeks are a distinct possibility.

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