Third Tropical Storm of Atlantic Hurricane Season Forms Just as Second Dies

Forecasters in Louisiana say Cindy will bring the potential for a storm surge of up to 3 feet (0.91 meters) along the Gulf Coast.

The tropical storm is set to make landfall near the Texas and Louisiana border later Wednesday before dissipating into a tropical depression as it enters southern Arkansas, according to the latest advisory.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles, mainly to the north and east of the center. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.

According to the National Weather Service, flash flood warnings were in effect from eastern Texas through the western Florida Panhandle.

Entergy New Orleans representative Melanie Stewart said about 7,100 customers were without power at the height of the storm last night, but that number has been reduced to around 150.

Cindy is expected to produce rainfall totals of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama and western portions of the Florida Panhandle through Thursday and could cause life-threatening flash flooding.

Up to 4 inches of rain fell Tuesday in New Orleans, and an additional 3 to 6 inches were expected over the next 48 hours, followed by weekend thunderstorms, Landrieu said.

Sunday's rain chance is later in the day. The Pensacola area, as well as parts of Alabama and MS, were under a flash flood watch through late Thursday night.

On the MS coast, a waterspout came ashore in Biloxi even as heavy rains slackened early Wednesday. More than 45 percent of the nation's refining capacity is along that coast, also home to 51 percent of total USA gas processing capability.

The storm has also sparked evacuations at oil rigs and platforms.

A 10-year-old boy in Alabama was killed Wednesday as Tropical Storm Cindy began bringing extreme winds and torrential rains to the Gulf Coast states. Maximum wind speeds were 50 miles per hour, a decrease from 60 miles per hour reported overnight.

Smith said he'd be participating in a weather briefing later today.

Gov. John Bel Edwards urged Louisiana residents all over the state to continue to take Tropical Storm Cindy seriously Wednesday (June 21), even if they haven't seen much of an impact yet. He was among authorities stressing that the storm's danger wasn't limited to the coast.

Cindy is a rainmaker with upwards of 5-15 inches of rain possible along the Gulf Coast.

In Alabama, streets were flooded and beaches were closed on the barrier island of Dauphin Island.

  • Larry Hoffman