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Tropical Storm Cindy strengthens in Gulf; warning area grows

Tropical Storm Cindy strengthens in Gulf; warning area grows

A tropical storm warning was issued for part of Venezuela's east coast. "According to the Weather Channel, Cindy is now "maintaining its strength" in the Gulf of Mexico, but promises to "[bring] potentially life-threatening flooding" to the Gulf Coast later this week. Each line represents a different model's forecast track for Tropical Storm Cindy. "Even if there isn't flooding in the Golden Triangle area, check the weather before going out".

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has extended the Tropical Storm Warning westward to San Luis Pass, TX, and the Tropical Storm Watch from west of High Island to San Luis Pass, TX. Forecasters warned 6 to 9 inches (15-22 cms) of rain and up to 12 inches (30 cms) in spots was the biggest threat in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle.

Right now, sustained winds are up to 60 miles per hour and parts of MS and Louisiana are expecting up to a foot of rain. As far east as Gwinnett County, Georgia, the effects from Cindy caused flash flooding.

On the forecast track, the center of Cindy will approach the coast of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas late Wednesday, and move inland over southeastern Texas on Thursday, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

Cindy is just the second tropical storm to form in the Atlantic since the hurricane season officially began on June 1.

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for much of Louisiana.

"The primary threat is strong to damaging straight-line winds", according to the Nashville NWS office.




Locally, we'll continue to see dreary conditions, with occasional heavier showers, on the far-eastern side of Tropical Storm Cindy through Wednesday afternoon. She says sea water is washing into marshes, but she can still get to and from work since the roads aren't completely covered with water.

Rainfall amounts expected with Tropical Storm Cindy. It's still a very broad system, but it is beginning to acquire a closed circulation and forecasts are calling for it to remain at tropical storm strength right up until landfall sometime in the early morning hours Thursday.

· Minor coastal flooding may occur Wednesday afternoon along the Nature Coast, as southerly winds increase along with high tide.

The greatest impact in Alabama likely comes from flooding; that's why Governor Kay Ivey declared a State of Emergency ahead of this system. Its maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (64 kph) with weakening expected to begin later in the day.

Heavy rains and wind could disrupt oil supplies at the massive refining and production centers along the U.S. Gulf Coast, which could drive up prices for consumers.

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