Tropical storm Cindy strengthens over central Gulf of Mexico: NHC

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It was moving toward the northwest at 8 miles per hour.

CNN concludes at least 17 million people from the San Luis Pass of Texas to the Alabama-Florida border are under what network meteorologist Michael Guy calls a tropical storm warning. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to move inshore early Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas line before weakening and moving northeastward in a sweeping arc.

The Weather Channel reported that the most significant effect of the storm will likely be substantial rain and potential flooding. He says some streets had water bubbling up from manhole covers.

"I don't see this as being anything other than a bad thunderstorm that lasts longer than what we're normally used to", he said. "We were saturated before this even started".

"After the storm moves inland, it may be picked up by a non-tropical system and pulled northeastward across the lower Mississippi, Tennessee and OH valleys and onward across the southern Appalachians this weekend", Kottlowski stated.

Cindy's wind speed weakened on Wednesday and the storm center was located about 170 miles (270 km) south of Morgan City, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles (85 km) per hour, the NHC said. Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to make landfall as a tropical storm Thursday morning in southeast Texas.

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A tropical storm watch remained in effect for the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. They urged motorists to use caution if they are driving in the southern end of the county.

Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, George, and Stone counties are under a tornado watch until 10 a.m. Wednesday. A brightly hued rainfall map provide the background as Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Lee Smithson, warns of a serious threat of flooding along the Gulf Coast from heavy rain bands predicted to f.

Gusty winds, rip currents and isolated tornadoes are also expected.

A tornado watch covered the entire coast from southwestern Louisiana to near the Big Bend region of Florida.

Moreover, Alabama's governor declared a state-of-emergency on Tuesday morning as the state braced for the storm's impact.

By in large, though, the tone from officials was a cautious one due to the uncertain nature of the track and the possibility that Cindy could drop as few as 3 inches of rain if the track shifted more toward the west. Temps will climb to near 90 as the north wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour inland and up to 40 miles per hour along the coast.

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The tropical disturbance will affect Northeast Mississippi later this week and into the weekend according to forecasts by the National Weather Service.

A storm surge of 1 to 4 feet is possible in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning areas. Afternoon showers are then possible through the rest of the weekend, but not expected to be as widespread as this week.

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over a developing low pressure area in the Gulf of Mexico and gathered two days of rainfall and storm height information.

Residents and officials along a stretch of the Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle to eastern Texas are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Cindy. The Pearl River serves as the 115-mile (185 km) boundary between MS and Louisiana in its lower reach near the Gulf of Mexico.

As the storm approaches land, heavy rain with isolated flooding is likely to wrap westward across part of northeastern Texas, including the Houston area. A number of MS communities are handing out sandbags as rain threatened low-lying areas along rivers and bayous.

On Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide state of emergency in preparation for anticipated severe weather and flash flooding this week.

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