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Tropical Storm Cindy churns toward Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Cindy churns toward Gulf Coast

The 1933 Trinidad hurricane didn't form until June 24, and 1979's Tropical Storm Ana formed in the same region on June 20.

"There's been a lot of rain in the area over the last 3-4 weeks so the ground is pretty saturated", said Glen Brannan, the plans and operations officer with Alabama's Mobile County emergency management agency.

The Flood Control District is encouraging all residents to be prepared. Tropical moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Bret are expected to reach Houston Sunday and Monday, keeping a chance of rain going even after Cindy is long gone.

The rain in the morning was widespread across much of central North Carolina. Residents in nearby counties were also offered sandbags. He says he will shut off power to campsites and tie up picnic tables.

Tropical Storm Cindy continues to move closer to the Gulf coast.

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Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to make landfall in Louisiana or Texas by late Wednesday or early Thursday, but its impact will be felt across several states.

At least 17 million people are under a tropical storm warning from San Luis Pass, Texas, to the Alabama-Florida border, said CNN meteorologist Michael Guy.

The public is urged to keep an umbrella in hand, and an eye on driving conditions, as Tropical Storm Cindy rolls into the state in the coming days.

While the storm doesn't look impressive on satellite, there is ongoing thunderstorm activity in the Gulf of Mexico.

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. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency Tuesday morning because of the flooding threat.

Expect winds to pick up as rain bands start to move in from the east by through the afternoon Wednesday.

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As of 1 p.m., TS Cindy is located about 355 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

A foot to three-foot storm surge is also possible for parts of the Gulf Coast. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. 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.

According to Colorado State University research scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach, this is the first time since 1968 that the Atlantic has had simultaneous storms during the month of June.

Much of Florida's Panhandle remains under a tornado watch as Tropical Storm Cindy looms in the Gulf of Mexico.

The warning is in effect from Cameron, Louisiana, to Intracoastal City. On Tuesday it carried maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts, and it could strengthen slightly before reaching the coast, NHC said.

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