Storm swirling in Gulf likely to strengthen

Camille Rivera
June 23, 2017

The metro area braced for its first taste of tropical weather in a half-decade as Tropical Storm Cindy, a poorly organized system that stalled while it meandered toward the central Gulf Coast on Tuesday, put local leaders on alert despite not being in the cone of error.

WATCH live coverage of Tropical Storm Cindy. However, residents all along the Gulf Coast are being urged not to focus on the exact track of the storm.

Already some flooding was reported on Alabama's Dauphin Island and flood control locks and gates were being closed along Louisiana's bayou-marbled coast. The main road leading to the island's narrow western end is partially covered with water, and the city is moving vehicles and equipment to higher ground. This included Panama City Beach, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, the report also said.

Already some flooding from outlying rain bands was reported on Alabama's Dauphin Island and flood control locks and gates were being closed along Louisiana's bayou-marbled coast as Cindy hovered almost stationary - still well offshore.

Either way, with a cold front moving in along with some tropical moisture, the chance of showers and storms will increase for us Friday through at least early Saturday.

Weather monitors warned today of tornados and potentially deadly flash floods as Tropical Storm Cindy in the Gulf of Mexico headed towards the coasts of Louisiana and Texas.

According to an outline of the new changes, the old National Weather Service (NWS) policy did not allow hurricane or tropical storm watches or warnings until after a tropical cyclone had formed. The system is moving toward the northwest near 9 miles per hour (15 km/h), and this general motion should continue through Wednesday, with a turn toward the north expected Wednesday night or Thursday.

Tropical Storm Bret has unleashed heavy flooding, knocked out power and ripped off several roofs in some areas of Trinidad &Tobago as it swirls west across the southern Caribbean region.

One system is located near the Yucatan Peninsula and portions of the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.

"The winds aren't looking to get much stronger than they are now", but some areas east of Houston and toward Florida could see as much as 12 inches of rain, said Stephen Strum, vice president of extended forecast services at Weather Decision Technologies in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tropical Storm Cindy formed on the same day that the Senate confirmed the new Federal Emergency Management Agency head. This area will then track northeast ahead of a cold front that will move into the Tennessee Valley late Saturday.

The entire Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida has been watching the brewing low pressure system for some time now. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) with higher gusts.

Landfall along the upper Texas coast or over western Louisiana is possible and may occur Wednesday night or Thursday.

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