BREAKING: Tropical Storm Cindy Officially Forms in Gulf of Mexico, Heavy Rainfall Expected

Tropical Storm Cindy
Tropical Storm Cindy

Tropical Storm Cindy is in the Central Gulf.  This is the tropical storm that has been bringing us so much rain today.  The forecast still takes the storm to our west, towards western Louisiana in the next two days.  Landfall would likely be sometime tomorrow.  However, just because the center goes to the west, doesn’t mean we won’t have any impacts from the storm.

With the storm staying to our west, we will be on the eastern side of it.  This is where all the rain is.  This will also be our biggest threat from the storm as heavy rain after a wet few weeks could create flooding issues.  A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the WKRG area through Thursday Evening.  There is also a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for part of the WKRG area.  Lots of rain with heavy rain bands will be likely today through Thursday.  Rain totals could reach more than a half foot for parts of the area by Friday.  Make sure your drainage and gutters are clear and ready for water.

Rain is our main threat but it will be breezy.  Along the coast, winds will help to create rough seas and strong rip currents.  Tomorrow’s east winds will be 10 to 20 mph inland, with 20 to 30 mph along the coast.  High water can be expected on the west side of bays and rivers.

 

Tropical Storm Cindy
Tropical Storm Cindy

Clouds, rain, and winds will keep highs in the lower to mid 80’s over the next few days.  We’ll be drier by the weekend helping our temperatures return back to normal, near 90.

In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Brett has formed off the coast of Venezuela.  It will move west for a day before weakening and falling apart.  Brett is not a concern for our Gulf Coast but it will bring rain to the Lesser Antilles, Aruba, and northern Venezuela.

 

Be sure to stay prepared for Hurricane Season. Join your favorite team meteorologists as they help you prepare by sharing tips and reminders in our hurricane special HURRICANE: Simple Safety.

Your top 10 questions about hurricanes and tropical storms are answered here.

 

Potential rainfall through Saturday.
Potential rainfall through Saturday.

Make sure you know and understand what each tropical watch and warning means.  There are some new watches and warnings from the National Hurricane Center this year.  Meteorologist Thomas Geboy explains here.

Do you know all of your tropical terms?  Find out if there is a difference between a tropical disturbance and a tropical cyclone here.

Hurricanes can take sharp turns in their path. Hurricanes are actually very much like a top.  Meteorologist Melissa Constanzer explains here.

Spaghetti plots are often displayed when forecasting a tropical system. They give meteorologists an idea of possible tracks for a storm for the center of the storm.  Meteorologist Melissa

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