Tropical Depression Cindy's winds have eased down to 35 mph. Cindy made landfall just south of Lake Charles, Louisiana at 5am Thursday. The storm, while not very well organized or strong is bringing heavy rains to Gulf Coast states. In the span of 12 hours, parts of Mississippi and portions of Alabama have received over 6 inches of rainfall, with another 3 to 6" possible for some areas.
The storm is moving north at 13 mph and just over western Louisiana. The official track moves Cindy to the north today then northeast towards the Tennessee River Valley on Friday. Impacts for our area, if any, won't be felt until the weekend. The storm has weakened to a tropical depression but the clouds and scattered showers associated with the circulation could loop around into eastern Carolina on Saturday.
Tropical Storm Cindy has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is threatening to spread heavy rain across a wide area of the central Gulf coast.
The National Weather Service in Miami says the storm is centered about 265 miles (430 kilometers) south of Morgan City, Louisiana - or about 355 miles (565 kilometers) southeast of Galveston, Texas. Cindy has top sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) and the storm is presently stationary in the Gulf. It says Cindy acquired a well-defined center on Tuesday afternoon, becoming the third tropical storm of 2017.
The center say Cindy is expected to reach the Louisiana coast sometime late Wednesday and then move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday. Forecasters say rain totaling 6 to 9 inches in areas and up to 12 inches in some spots pose a threat to southern portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday.
Forecasters say a tropical storm warning is in effect from High Island on the upper Texas coast all the way to the mouth of the Pearl River at the state line of Louisiana and Mississippi. A tropical storm watch is in effect elsewhere on the Texas coast from west of High Island to San Luis Pass.
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The second Tropical Storm of the 2017 hurricane season has officially formed.
Tropical Storm Bret
Tropical Storm Bret is currently moving into the Caribbean with 45 mph winds and a central pressure of 1008 mb. Some strengthening over the next 24 hours is expected as it heads towards the west-northwest at 21 mph. Models indicate it will maintain tropical storm strength through Tuesday evening before weakening Wednesday into Thursday.
Potential Tropical Cyclone Three
A second area of interest is without an official name yet. A broad area of low pressure over the central Gulf of Mexico continues to slowly gain strength. The developing storm has a high (80%) chance of being named as it tracks towards the western Gulf coast by mid week. A tropical storm warning has been issued from Cameron, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River in eastern Louisiana.
The next name on the storm list is Cindy.