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article imageTropical Storm Cindy could pose a threat to Louisiana coastline

By Karen Graham     Jun 20, 2017 in Environment
The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning today after the weather system being watched in the Gulf of Mexico became better organized and its winds increased to 45 mph.
Tropical Storm Cindy now joins T.S. Bret, which formed yesterday in the Atlantic Ocean. Bret now has sustained winds clocked at 40 mph and is on a north by northwest track.
Florida's Sun-Sentinel is reporting that meteorologists are saying it's a bit unusual to see two storms forming in the Atlantic so early in the Hurricane season. But, remember, the National Hurricane Center did say we would have a busier-than-normal season this year, and it looks like it may be starting out that way.
Let's take a closer look at Cindy. According to NOLA. the biggest threat to New Orleans will be rain. The tropical storm is expected to drop up to 9.0 inches of rain over parts of Southeast Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, Southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
Rainfall amounts expected with Tropical Storm Cindy.
Rainfall amounts expected with Tropical Storm Cindy.
National Hurricane Center
Residents can expect isolated rain amounts of up to 12 inches along with street flooding, depending on how fast the storm moves on. The NHC advisory at 4:00 p.m. says the tropical storm warning has been extended westward, San Luis Pass, Texas.
At the present time, Cindy is sitting stationary about 280 miles (450 Kilometers) south of Morgan City, Louisiana and about 360 miles (575 kilometers southeast of Galveston, Texas, with maximum, sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kilometers per hour). Cindy is expected to get moving sometime overnight, taking a northwestern track into Wednesday.
By Wednesday night, Cindy will start tracking to the north. The estimated minimum central pressure is 999 mb (29.50 inches) At this time, there are no evacuation orders issued, although some inundation of 1 to 3 feet is possible along the coast in parts of the warning area. A further complete update will be issued after 10 p.m.
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