Tropical Storm Cindy batters US Gulf Coast (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 22, 2017

The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm watch Tuesday morning for the Houston region, which includes Harris, Chambers, Liberty and Galveston counties. It was the storm's first known death.

National Weather Service forecasters estimated Cindy dumped anywhere from 2 to 10 inches of rain in areas from south Louisiana to the Florida panhandle as of Wednesday.

With high winds expected to continue, Landrieu said there is more potential for flooding, power outages, and tornados.

- Storm surge: As the center of the storm comes inland tonight, waters along the coast east of the center are forecast one to three feet above what is normally dry ground - from roughly southeast Louisiana to the western Florida panhandle. Flooding was also reported on Alabama's Dauphin Island.

Tropical Storm Cindy is nearing landfall, as people along the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida deal with flooding rains and a few spinup tornadoes. It's maximum sustained winds are at 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and the storm is moving toward the northwest at 10 miles per hour (17 kph). Top wind speeds have remained at about 50 mph (85 kph) in recent hours as the storm churns toward land at about 9 mph (kph).

While the storm track puts a landfall along the Texas and Louisiana border, forecasters said impacts could be widespread and urged the public not to focus on the track, especially since Cindy is generating heavy rain north and east of its center. Life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding are both possible threats.

Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 8 inches over southern MS, southern and central Alabama and western Florida Panhandle are expected through Friday morning as well.

A Tornado Watch was issued Wednesday night portions of southern Alabama, the western Florida Panhandle, and southern MS and coastal waters until 3 a.m. A tropical storm watch is in effect elsewhere on the Texas coast from west of High Island to San Luis Pass.

MS and Louisiana are expecting up to a foot of rain.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the State Operations Center on Tuesday to raise its readiness level from level four/normal conditions to level three/increased readiness. "If you have the ability, move vehicles out so they're not going to get damaged".

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Bret is moving along South America's northern coast.

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