Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

GOHSEP, National Hurricane Center warns of two tropical cyclones

GOHSEP, National Hurricane Center warns of two tropical cyclones

Tropical Storm Cindy has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center. The track of Cindy stays north until it interacts with a cold front that will be tracking across Mid-Missouri, this will likely bring heavy rainfall along and south of I-44.

As Tropical Storm Cindy approaches the Gulf Coast, Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered the State Operations Center elevate its readiness from normal conditions to increased readiness starting at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Cindy is expected to produce rainfall amounts 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.

Showers and thunderstorms, with locally heavy rain, are expected to return to our weather by late Thursday and more so on Friday and Saturday. Officials in various coastal Louisiana and MS communities handed out sandbags as rain threatened low-lying areas along rivers and bayous.

"Cindy is now almost stationary, but we expect the storm to begin a northwestward track toward at midweek", according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

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Tropical Storm Cindy will arrive along the Texas or Louisiana coast late Wednesday or early Thursday. A tropical storm watch is in effect from High Island west to Luis Pass, Texas.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged vigilance at a news conference as bands of rain from the system began sweeping over the city. Forecasts said the system could dump a few inches to more than 10 inches (a few centimeters to more than 25 cm), depending on its development and path.

"This is going to be a very serious event", Landrieu said at a news conference.

Police say flooding already is being reported on Dauphin Island south of Mobile, Alabama. My office, along with GOHSEP, will provide regular updates as we receive them.

"Because of the rains experienced in the past days, we call that priming the pump", meteorologist Brandon Locklear said Tuesday.

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Bags and sand are available at the Magnolia Street Department yard on South Washington Street for anyone who may want some, Mayor Parnell Vann said.

Larry Godfrey, who owns the Escatawpa (Ess-kuh-TAW'-puh) Hollow Campground in Alabama, near the state line with MS, says the Escatawpa River is already high from rainfall, and he expects his campground will flood. The rain could come in waves from Friday to Monday, Locklear said.

Showers and storms continue to develop around a broad area of low pressure that has exited the Yucatan Peninsula and moved into the southern Gulf of Mexico.

In the past, even if the hurricane center thought a system had a high chance of developing, it couldn't issue watches and warnings. Cindy is expected to make landfall between Beaumont, TX and Lake Charles, LA early Thursday as a tropical storm with winds around 45mph.

Many parts of the Gulf Coast closed their beaches to swimmers Tuesday.

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