Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall along the Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall on the northern Gulf Coast, between Cameron, Louisiana and Port Arthur, Texas early Thursday morning. Potentially life-threatening flooding remains the biggest concern along the Gulf Coast and in parts of the South through Friday.

  • Thursday-Friday: Heavy rain from Cindy will continue along the Gulf Coast, but moisture from the storm will also begin to spread north and east ahead of a cold front arriving from the Midwest. This could contribute to locally heavy rain and flooding in parts of the lower Mississippi Valley, Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley and possibly the Appalachians. Life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding are both possible threats.
  • Storm totals of 6 to 9 inches are expected in southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and western portions of the Florida Panhandle through Thursday night. Isolated extreme rain amounts up to 12 inches could occur in localized areas, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  • Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches, with isolated amounts up to 8 inches, are possible through Friday morning from southern Mississippi into the western Florida Panhandle.
  • In the Tennessee Valley and Ohio Valley, rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches is expected with isolated maximum totals of 4 inches through Friday morning.
  • A high risk of rip currents is likely along parts of the Gulf Coast. High surf and some coastal flooding are also expected.
  • Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is expected along the coast in the tropical storm warning area.
  • Inundation of 1 to 3 feet is also possible along the coast from southeast Louisiana to the western Florida
  • Panhandle in areas of strong onshore winds. The greatest impacts will be at times of high tide. These are the next high tides for select locations: Grand Isle, Louisiana (8:44 a.m. Thursday), Dauphin Island, Alabama (9:10 a.m. Thursday), Sabine Pass, Texas (12:41 p.m. Thursday).
  • Gusty winds are likely near parts of the northern Gulf Coast, particularly north and east of where the low tracks.
  • Isolated tornadoes are also possible through Thursday from the lower Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley to the central Gulf Coast.

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