Heavy rain, flooding likely before sunshine returns

Posted June 23, 2017

Cindy made landfall between Cameron, LA and Port Arthur, TX, early Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Regardless it is the rain, if anything we have to watch out for with (Tropical Storm) Cindy", meteorologist Matt Devitt said. Cindy is moving north at 13 miles per hour, packing winds of 35 mph with a minimum pressure of 997 mb.

Cindy will weaken to a tropical depression as it moves over land Thursday. Cindy broke through the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday and on Wednesday, at 11 am Eastern Time, the storm was 273 kilometers southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana, and approximately 290 to the southeast of Galveston, Texas.

The storm system is predicted to take a turn east later today hitting the mid-Atlantic coast with heavy rain by the weekend.

Carroll said the Triangle area may not see rains from Cindy's aftermath until Friday night or early Saturday.

TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible through tonight from the lower MS and Tennessee Valley regions to the central Gulf Coast.

The National Hurricane Center also warned of the possibility of a few tornadoes Thursday "from the lower MS and Tennessee Valley regions to the central Gulf Coast". A few of the storms may produce strong wind gusts in addition to heavy downpours and lightning.

States of emergency declared in Louisiana and Alabama, where the storm is blamed for at least one death.

Parts of southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama and western portions of the Florida Panhandle were under tornado warnings and some saw streets covered in up to 3 feet of water. Flooding is already a problem in dozens of communities, and before it's over some areas could see a foot of water or more.

Forecaster Jeff Morrow said the WAFB viewing area will still feel the impacts of Cindy as it continues to move inland Thursday along the Louisiana-Texas border.

The biggest threat on Thursday morning is in the Western Florida Panhandle and the Southern parts of Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

Locally gusty winds with and without thunder could down tree limbs and lead to sporadic power outages near the Gulf Coast.

A flood warning was also issued Wednesday for the portion of the White River at Clarendon in Monroe County.