MIAMI, Fla. – Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall on the Gulf Coast and is expected to weaken as it moves farther inland. The National Weather Service issued a weather advisory this morning on the status of Cindy.
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Below is the official advisory from the National Weather Service.
WTNT33 KNHC 221134
Tropical Storm Cindy Intermediate Advisory Number 11A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL032017
700 AM CDT Thu Jun 22 2017
…CINDY EXPECTED TO WEAKEN WHILE MOVING FARTHER INLAND…
SUMMARY OF 700 AM CDT…1200 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 40 MI…65 KM NW OF LAKE CHARLES LOUISIANA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 360 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…994 MB…29.36 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* High Island Texas to Morgan City Louisiana
Interests elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the central Texas coast to the western Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 700 AM CDT (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Cindy was located near latitude 30.5 North, longitude 93.7 West. Cindy is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h), and a turn toward the north-northeast is expected later today, followed by a turn toward the northeast on Friday. On the forecast track, Cindy will move into southeastern Arkansas early Friday, and into Tennessee later on Friday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Continued weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Cindy should weaken to a tropical depression later this morning, and become a remnant low tonight.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) to the southeast of the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb (29.36 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
RAINFALL: Cindy is expected to produce rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with isolated maximum amounts up to 12 inches over eastern Texas, western and central Louisiana, and southern and eastern Arkansas through Friday morning. Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches over southern Mississippi, southern and central Alabama, and extreme western Florida Panhandle are expected through Friday morning. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.
Rainfall is expected to begin and expand across parts of the Tennessee and Ohio valleys. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 4 inches are expected through Friday morning.
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are currently affecting portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area. These conditions should subside in a few hours.
STORM SURGE: Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is expected along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area. Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is also possible elsewhere along the coast from southeastern Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle in areas of strong onshore winds.
TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible through tonight from the lower Mississippi and Tennessee Valley regions to the central Gulf Coast.
Next complete advisory at 1000 AM CDT.