Tropical Storm Cindy expected to reach Gulf Coast tonight

The storm is expected to produce up to 228 mm of rain, with isolated amounts of 300+ mm over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday.

On June 20 at 2:21 a.m. EDT (0631 UTC), GPM showed that the potential tropical cyclone was producing bands of rainfall over much of the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

@:The heaviest rainfall is anticipated Friday into Saturday morning. While Cindy is stationary, it is expected to resume a motion toward the northwest at around 17 km/h by late Tuesday and continue to move in the same direction through Wednesday night, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

He said any changes in the track of Tropical Storm Cindy could be important to this area. Forecasters warned that rainfall totaling 6 to 9 inches and up to 12 inches in isolated spots was the biggest threat in southern parts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from San Luis Pass, TX, to the Alabama-Florida border.

Cindy formed Tuesday from a system that had been developing in the Gulf.

The latest track continues to have Cindy making landfall early Thursday morning just west of the Sabine Pass in east Texas, but the track and landfall is nearly inconsequential as the major impacts will be removed from the center so please don't focus exclusively on the forecast cone. Just how much rain will depend on the exact track of Cindy and its strength when it gets here. The cyclone had top sustained winds of 45 mph and was almost stationary for hours, but was expected to resume a crawl toward the northwest in coming hours.

'Enough tropical moisture will spread from the Florida Peninsula to the Florida Panhandle and more of the central Gulf coast as the week progresses, ' Sosnowski said.

The storm also will likely bring strong wind over the eastern part of the warning area, storm surge of 1 to 3 feet and some tornadoes.

The heaviest rains are expected in an area that includes the port city of Mobile, Alabama, and the cities of Pascagoula and Biloxi in Mississippi. Double red flags snapped in the wind on the public beach at Gulf Shores in her state, warning visitors to stay out of the pounding surf.

A tropical storm warning for New Orleans was canceled on Wednesday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (65 kph) with higher gusts.

There were also reports of voluntary evacuations from some coastal communities in Texas, including the Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston County, which is close to where the storm is expected to hit land. The heavy rain could produce life-threatening flash flooding across the coast. Bret had degenerated into a tropical wave by Tuesday afternoon.

Forecasters are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Cindy, which is the third named storm of 2017's Atlantic Hurricane Season.

  • Leroy Wright