Tropical Storm Cindy heads toward land

Tampa Bay Area Forecast

The 10 News Weather Team continues to track Tropical Storm Cindy as it heads toward the Central Gulf Coast.

As of Wednesday morning Cindy was located about 165 miles south-southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana and was moving northwest at 8 mph with 60 mph sustained winds. Tropical storm force winds extend out 275 miles from the center of the storm. 

Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect from San Luis Pass, Texas to the Alabama-Florida border as tropical storm force conditions are expected through the second half of the week.


In addition to gusty winds and rough seas, inland flooding will be a major concern for many locations from the Panhandle of Florida to Louisiana. Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday.  This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.

Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches can be expected farther west across western Louisiana and eastern Texas through Thursday.  Rainfall should spread northeastward across Arkansas and into portions of the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys through Friday, with total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts possible.


Tropical storm conditions are affecting portions of the northern Gulf of Mexico coast over the eastern part of the warning area.  These conditions should spread westward within the warning
area through early Thursday.

Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is expected along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area, with isolated areas possibly up to 4 feet.

A few tornadoes are possible this morning through Wednesday night from the western Florida Panhandle to southern Louisiana.


 

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