Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Central Texas expecting minimal impact from Tropical Storm Cindy

The storm's impact on Central Texas is expected to be minimal, with today's forecast predicting less rain than was predicted Tuesday afternoon, Bob Rose, Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist, said in a blog post Wednesday morning.

Fences, trees and power lines were damaged after a waterspout came ashore Wednesday in Biloxi, Mississippi, and about 10 inches of water went into a business after heavy rains in nearby Gulfport.

At that time, the third named tropical storm of 2017 had weakened slightly, with maximum sustained winds dropping from 60 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.

Cindy will weaken to a tropical depression as it moves over land Thursday.

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Heavy rain and some flash flooding have been reported already along the Gulf Coast since Tuesday, but more is on the way.

Cindy is expected to produce rainfall totals of 6 to 9 inches from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, with some spots getting as much as 15 inches of rain.

Hurricane season began in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico officially on June 1st, but this year, the first tropical storm, named Arlene, hit in April.

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Tornadoes, high surf and strong rip currents are predicted as the storm spreads north and east, resulting in heavy rain and potential flooding as far north as Ohio Valley. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 4 inches are expected through Friday morning. Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms on Cindy's east side move northward across Alabama into Tennessee Wednesday night through Thursday, bringing soaking rains and a threat of a few severe storms.

The NWS's Nashville office, which covers Fentress County and Middle Tennessee, issued its own hydrologic outlook, stating that flooding was not much of a concern for Thursday, but adding that things could change on Friday. New Orleans could see about four to six inches. Louisiana and MS parishes and counties made sandbags available to people who wanted to protect homes and businesses.

The storm is moving closer to the Gulf Coast, where it threatens to bring a storm surge of up to 3 feet (0.91 meters).

"These additional downpours in the South can continue flooding at the local level along the Interstate-10 and 20 corridors during Friday and this weekend", Clark said. "It's not wind, it's rain we're concerned about", said Greg Flynn with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

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