Brunt of Tropical Storm Cindy will miss Palestine

In the Gulf of Mexico a developing tropical system was upgraded to a tropical storm on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Executive Director Lee Smithson says the concern facing many in the state will be the amount of rain that falls.

WeatherBell Analytics LLC forecast 11 to 13 named tropical storms in the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, according to a May outlook.

Cindy's center was expected to approach the coast of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas Wednesday night and move inland over southeastern Texas Thursday, with tropical-storm conditions spreading westward through early Thursday.

The NHC warns of heavy rains and that tornadoes could occur on Tuesday from south-central Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle.

The State of Emergency will be in effect until the threat diminishes.

Located about 265 miles south of Morgan City, LA, and 355 miles southeast of Galveston, TX, potential Tropical Cyclone Three is packing winds of 40 mph and is moving northwest at 17 mph.

Rainfall projections for the area, which has already endured a lot of rain in recent weeks, call for 6 to 9 inches of rain, possibly upward of 15 inches, depending on the track of the storm.

Heavy rain continues to look like the main issue with this system as the wet weather will start to move in through the night Tuesday and pick up in intensity and frequency through Wednesday morning.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from San Luis Pass, Texas, to the Alabama-Florida line. It had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 23 miles per hour (37 kph) and becoming disorganized.

Forecasters expect it to resume a northwest track at about 10 miles per hour.

Parishes along the coast made sandbags - or sand and bags - available to people who wanted to protect homes and businesses.

More to come as we near Cindy's landfall.

While the northern Gulf Coast braced for Cindy, the southern Caribbean region was dealing with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Bret, which unleashed heavy flooding, knocked out power and ripped off several roofs in some areas of Trinidad &Tobago.

  • Carolyn Briggs