Tropical storm Cindy strengthens over central Gulf of Mexico: NHC

Federal forecasters say that little change in strength is expected on Wednesday, and slight weakening is forecast to begin on Thursday. Many areas east of the center will get plenty of Gulf moisture feeding in. He says some streets had water bubbling up from manhole covers.

"We're definitely going to be getting plenty of rainfall", said National Weather Service Meteorologist Gerald Satterwhite. "We were saturated before this even started".

Nearby, the National Park Service reported the bridge between Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach was closed because of flooding.

Pamela Browell, the director of the Franklin County Emergency Management, told WCTV "we've all cautioned everyone who lives along the coast line to bring your stuff in, tie your boats, just as a precautionary measure".

While rainfall accumulations are a matter of a computer's imagination at this point, climatology of such a storm suggests a general 1"-3" of rain as the remnants of Cindy interact with a Great Lakes cold front. Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is possible along the coast in the tropical storm warning area.

The system will approach the Louisiana coast Wednesday night, with landfall possible near the Texas/Louisiana border before sunrise Thursday.

Residents and vacationers on the West End of Dauphin Island were forced to stay inside their homes as the rain and wind from Tropical Storm Cindy caused risky surf and flooding. They urged motorists to use caution if they are driving in the southern end of the county. Flash flood watches cover much of the state, where rain amounts should range 2-6 inches.

The government said in a statement that it was dispatching cleanup crews as soon as the flooding receded, noting that heavy rains were still forecast for the area.

Tropical Storm Cindy will continue to be the main feature impacting our weather the rest of the week. Residents in nearby counties were also offered sandbags.

A tornado watch covered the entire coast from southwestern Louisiana to near the Big Bend region of Florida.

Forecasters say the Alabama and MS coasts could be inundated with as much as 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain from a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico.

Large impacts are and will continue to be felt from the Florida Panhandle to the upper-Texas coast through much of the week.

As of Wednesday morning, Cindy was positioned 170 miles south of Morgan City, La. It had top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (97 kph).

Tropical storm warnings have been issued from the mouth of the Pearl River all the way back into Texas, with tropical storm conditions expected to arrive within the next 36 hours.

Seas over much of the Gulf of Mexico may remain too rough for small craft through at least Thursday.

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over a developing low pressure area in the Gulf of Mexico and gathered two days of rainfall and storm height information.

Another ingredient in this soaking setup is a stalling frontal boundary in the South that will also provide a focus for locally heavy rain.

Cindy formed Tuesday from a system that had been developing in the Gulf. It's expected to move slowly toward the Louisiana-Texas line.

Bands of heavy rain are coming through as far east as the Florida Panhandle.

This heavy rain could eventually lead to flash flooding and river flooding in some areas.

  • Zachary Reyes