Tropical Storms Cindy, Bret rain down on Carnival itineraries

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy brought tornadoes and flooding to the U.S. Gulf Coast on Thursday and its heavy rains will drench much of the eastern United States in coming days, forecasters said. Wind gusts as high as 57 miles per hour were reported in Long Beach Township on Long Beach Island during the thunderstorms, and a gust of 53 miles per hour was reported in Cape May.

As of 7 a.m. CDT, Cindy is centered about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and is moving north near 12 mph (19 kph).

Up to 2 inches of heavy rain is possible in Lancaster County today as Tropical Depression Cindy forges a path across the southeastern United States, meteorologists said Thursday.

Cindy made landfall between Cameron, LA and Port Arthur, TX, early Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Cindy forced some storm-hardy southerners riding out the first tropical system to hit this season, to evacuate at the last second. The weather service's forecast from Friday to Sunday shows a half-inch or less of rain, except in isolated areas where thunderstorms hit.

Friday started off exceptionally muggy and will be uncomfortable throughout the day, with the chance for showers and thunderstorms steadily increasing over the course of the afternoon and evening, Storm Team 4 says. The cruise line also made a change to Carnival Vista's itinerary due to Tropical Storm Bret, passing on a stop at Curacao. Parts of the state saw severe flooding Wednesday, when water rose to 3 feet high in some neighborhoods, covering some mailboxes, CNN affiliate WDSU reported. Vehicles navigate past waves and debris washing over State Highway 87 as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in High Island, Texas. A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 1 p.m. Rain bands associated with Cindy will continue to move through southeast Louisiana.

Because of the flood, some streets in New Orleans were closed, and the mayor asked the residents to remove the cars from the road and not ride on standing water. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall.

A cold front sweeping into the area will also help keep the rain at bay.

Tri-state residents are bracing for potential impacts from Tropical Depression Cindy as the weakened but still strong storm takes aim at parts of the south. Most of the severe weather was to the east of the storm. Several businesses were damaged and at least four people were hurt.

  • Larry Hoffman