Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph

Posted June 23, 2017

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to weaken as it moves farther inland after coming ashore in southwestern Louisiana early Thursday.

Storm Cindy could bring up to 15 inches (38cm) of rain to southern parts of Louisiana, Alabama and Western Florida today. Cindy is moving north at 13 miles per hour, packing winds of 35 mph with a minimum pressure of 997 mb.

Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for coastal Louisiana and southeastern Texas.

Forecasters expect the formation of another El Nino weather pattern that could limit the number of powerful hurricanes and tropical storms that develop in the Atlantic Ocean this year.

Heavy rainfall is still in the forecast for states along Cindy's latest path toward central Tennessee, where it is expected to arrive Friday.

In the Lakeway Area, National Weather Service meteorologist Jeremy Buckles said the absence of high severe thunderstorm threats should not lull residents into a false sense of security.

STORM SURGE: Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is still possible along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast in areas of strong onshore winds. The service also warned that the storm could produce a few tornadoes on Thursday in portions of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

State Meteorologist Jim Stefkovich said widespread areas in south Alabama have received 3 to 6 inches of rainfall with 12 inches in isolated spots.

Heavy downpours were expected in East Texas, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

Cindy was considered a tropical storm when it hit land early Thursday.

Rainfall amounts of 1 to 4 inches are expected to begin and expand across parts of the Tennessee and OH valleys.

An emergency declaration must be made by the governor before the state can apply for any federal assistance. Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy reported no injuries but said fences, trees and power lines were damaged.

Authorities in Louisiana announced they will close courts and other government buildings across the state on Wednesday.

Some parts of MS have reported up to eight and a half inches of rain since Cindy's arrival, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbot has raised the readiness level of Texas' State Operations Center in response to the onslaught of heavy rain and high winds.