Tropical Storm Cindy forms in Gulf of Mexico
NHC has upgraded Potential Tropical Cyclone Three to Tropical Storm Cindy, the third named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Satellite imagery, aircraft data, and surface observations indicate that system has acquired a well-defined center, located about 265 miles (430 km) south of Morgan City, Louisiana.
A Tropical Storm Warning continues along the coast from High Island, Texas, to the Mouth of the Pearl River, Louisiana. A Tropical Storm Watch continues from west of High Island to San Luis Pass. 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. On the forecast track, Cindy is expected to approach the coast of southwest Louisiana late Wednesday or Wednesday night, and move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast before the system reaches the coast on Thursday. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area later today and spread westward within the warning area through Wednesday. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area on Wednesday. Total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches, are expected over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday. Amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches can be expected farther west across southwest Louisiana into southeast Texas through Thursday. Storm surge inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is possible along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area. A tornado or two is possible this afternoon and tonight from south-central Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle.
Get the latest on Cindy at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Cindy