Tropical Storm Cindy to bring heavy rain to Gulf Coast

Posted June 23, 2017

Late this week and this weekend, the storm is likely to take a northeasterly path over the southern United States.

Governor Ivey also ordered the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton activated to level three. One forecast model predicted Monday at least 6 to 10 inches of rain could fall across a large portion of the Gulf Coast with some pockets getting as much as 20 inches. Local amounts of up to 12 inches of rain is possible.

In addition, a stalled front across the South will mean additional areas of heavy rain through midweek.

Because of Cindy's shape, the most heavy bands of rain are on the east side and they'll likely spin ashore over an area well outside the cone.

The real concern with this storm is flooding from heavy rain. The areas covered include the North Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

Pay attention to any flash flood warnings and do not drive into flooded roadways.

With tropical storm force winds extending about 205 miles, the system has churned up messy weather along its northward track.

But, as discussed here often, do not focus on the track of the low pressure center.

The main threat with the week's severe thunderstorms will be the accompanying gusty winds and brief tornadoes.

The Tropical Storm Warning has been extended eastward to the Alabama-Florida border, including Lake Pontchartrain and the New Orleans Metropolitan area.

The weather service also warned of possible isolated tornadoes today from southern Louisiana to northern Florida. The risk will decrease Thursday, but a tornado can not be ruled out across portions of Louisiana and Mississippi.

Forecasters say a tropical storm warning is in effect from High Island on the upper Texas coast all the way to the mouth of the Pearl River at the state line of Louisiana and Mississippi.

In coastal Louisiana's Terrebonne Parish, Kim Chauvin said the shrimp processing businesses she and her husband run helped put out the word Monday that shrimpers should return to port and unload their catch before flood control structures closed.

"While the storm may not be a whopper, it will influence shipping and may impact imports and exports of oil for next week", Phil Flynn, a senior market analyst at Price Futures Group Chicago, wrote in a note.