Tropical storm Cindy threatens Gulf Coast

Rains from Tropical Storm Cindy are already making their way north through Georgia and SC and people along the Gulf Coast are bracing for flash floods as the slow-moving system makes its way towards Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Bob Rose, chief meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority, addresses local meteorologists and media at a briefing April 26. Some areas could receive more than a foot of rain.

A tropical storm warning that had extended from the Florida border west to Texas was scaled back, stretching from the mouth of the Mississippi River to just west of Galveston.

Tropical Storm Cindy is forecast to continue to bring serious flooding conditions to South Alabama, the Panhandle of Florida and Louisiana. "The whole right side (of the storm's path) is where the good steady stream of moisture is coming in across the region". It was moving north-northwest at around 9 miles per hour.

Based on the current forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to come ashore near the Texas-Louisiana border early Thursday morning with winds of 45-50 miles per hour and slightly higher gusts.

The center say Cindy is expected to reach the Louisiana coast sometime late Wednesday and then move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday.

He said any changes in the track of Tropical Storm Cindy could be important to this area. Life-threatening flash flooding is possible, NHC forecasters said.

The storm could also drop temperatures to highs in the mid-80s on Sunday, he said.

At the start of hurricane season, June 1, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes are possible this year.

The National Weather Service forecast office in Mobile, Ala., characterized the flood threat as "extreme" in the area around both Mobile and Pensacola, Fla.

  • Zachary Reyes