TROPICAL STORM CINDY: Life-Threatening Flash Flooding Possible From Texas to Florida
Life-threatening flooding will be the biggest concern as the center of Tropical Storm Cindy approaches the Gulf Coast. Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center and the WeatherNation studios:
Tropical Storm Cindy continues to churn in the Gulf of Mexico. She is still a very lop-sided storm with most of the convection on the northern and eastern side of the storm. Winds as of 1AM CDT Wednesday morning are at 60 mph sustained with higher gusts. General movement is to the NW at 7 mph with a turn to the north expected through the next 12 hours.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* San Luis Pass Texas to the Alabama-Florida border
* Metropolitan New Orleans
* Lake Pontchartrain
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 to 24 hours. Interests elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the central Texas coast to the western Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system. For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office..
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 Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.
Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches can be expected farther west across southwest Louisiana into southeast Texas through Thursday.
Heavy rainfall can also be expected well inland as Cindy continues here trek towards the Tennessee Valley by the end of the week. Downstream flooding could become and issue to watch depending on how much moisture stays with the storm after landfall.
The National Hurricane Center official forecast track brings Tropical Storm Cindy onshore late Wednesday night to Early Thursday morning with strong winds, heavy rain, and coastal flooding. With Cindy being such a lop-sided storm, many of those impacts will be felt well to the east of the landfall location.
TORNADOES: Isolated tornadoes are possible through today from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
Other impacts that are expected:
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are beginning to spread across portions of the northern Gulf of Mexico coast over the eastern part of the warning area. These conditions should spread
westward within the warning area through early Thursday.
STORM SURGE: Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is expected along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area, with isolated areas possibly up to 4 feet.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Andy Stein