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Tropical systems won't impact Central Florida, forecasters say

Tropical systems won't impact Central Florida, forecasters say

Officials are calling the Gulf system Potential Tropical Cyclone Three but said they anticipated it forming into Tropical Storm Cindy.

A tropical system is gaining strength as moves northwards in the Gulf of Mexico, heading toward the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and forecasters say the disturbance is becoming better organized.

RAINFALL: Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday. The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), the largest privately owned crude storage terminal in the United States, suspended vessel offloading operations ahead of the storm, but said it expected no interruptions to deliveries from its hub in Clovelly, Louisiana. 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.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Tuesday night Cindy was about 230 miles (370 kilometers) south of Morgan City, Louisiana - about 305 miles (491 kilometers) southeast of Galveston, Texas.

Tropical Storm Cindy is slowly moving away from the Tampa Bay area. The storm is expected to skirt the coast of Venezuela over the next 48 hours.

Forecasters expect it to resume a northwest track at about 10 miles per hour.




Authorities said the Houston Fire Department prepared its rescue and evacuation boats and positioned them over the city.

We are not anticipating much in the way of strong wind in East Texas, however, wind gusts may exceed 25 miles per hour in some areas.

Cars drive through heavy rain after tropical storm Bret passed Margarita Island, Venezuela, June 20, 2017.

Storm surge hasn't been a major concern of this storm, that being said, tides will be running 1-4 ft above average so some coastal flooding may start to occur late Wednesday and early Thursday morning.

All airports in Trinidad & Tobago reopened later Tuesday, though public schools and many businesses remain closed.


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