Satellite imagery, aircraft data, and surface observations indicate that the low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico has acquired a well-defined center and is now Tropical Storm Cindy, the third tropical storm of 2017. As of 1 p.m. CDT, Tropical Storm Cindy was located about 265 miles south of Morgan City, LA and 355 miles southeast of Galveston, TX. Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued from High Island, Texas, just east of Galveston, to the Mouth of the Pearl River east of New Orleans. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for areas west of High Island to San Luis Pass, west of Galveston.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) June 20, 2017
The biggest concern with Cindy is heavy rain that could produce flash floods. Cindy is expected to produce rain accumulations of 6″ to 9″ with isolated maximum amounts of 12′ Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, Southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches can be expected farther west across Southwest Louisiana into Southeast Texas through Thursday. A one to three foot storm surge is likely with Cindy on the east side of where the center makes landfall.
Tropical Storm Cindy will move towards the East Texas and West Louisiana coasts tonight and is expected to make landfall sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Sustained winds will be near 45 mph with higher gusts. Isolated tornadoes are possible in along the coast of Louisiana as squalls wrap around the center of Cindy, swinging ashore.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels