Tropical Storm Warnings Issued for Gulf Coast
June 20, 2017
Tropical Storm Cindy to bring heavy rain, flooding along Gulf Coast.
Tropical Storm Cindy is centered over the northwest Gulf of Mexico.
- A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of the Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coastlines.
- Life-threatening flash flooding is possible this week along the Gulf Coast from the heavy rain.
- Rip currents, high surf, isolated tornadoes and some coastal flooding are also possible.
- Moisture from Cindy will eventually contribute to heavy rainfall in the lower Mississippi Valley, Tennessee Valley and Ohio Valley.
Tropical Storm Cindy spinning over the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday midday, June 21, 2017. (NOAA/Satellite)
Tropical Storm Cindy has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and it will be a soaker, bringing flooding concerns to parts of the South through late this week.
Gusty winds, rip currents and isolated tornadoes are also expected.
A tropical storm warning has been issued from San Luis Pass, Texas, to the Mouth of the Pearl River, which means tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours. This warning area includes Houston, Galveston, Texas, Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Lafayette, Louisiana.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the Texas and Louisiana coasts within the warning area Tuesday evening.
Cindy is expected to move northwestward and approach the coasts of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas late Wednesday into Wednesday night, before moving inland over southeast Texas on Thursday.
Moisture and energy from Cindy will also spread north and east ahead of a cold front Thursday-Friday, which will result in heavy rain and possible flooding from the South to as far north as the Ohio Valley.
It's important to not focus completely on the forecast path of the low-pressure center since impacts will extend well to the east along the Gulf Coast.
Parts of southeast Louisiana, southern Alabama, southern Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle are not in the forecast path but are expected to see a substantial amount of rain, which could cause flooding.
Rainfall rates exceeding three inches per hour are possible in southern Louisiana, with some communities there seeing up to six inches through mid-Tuesday evening.
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