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Tropical Storm Cindy forms in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Cindy forms in Gulf of Mexico

The flooding in Louisiana last August was from a storm that was never named, but it was the nation's worst weather related disaster of 2016 with over $10 billion in damage.

Police told the Associated Press flooding was reported Tuesday morning on Dauphin Island, Alabama.

The Louisiana National Guard dispatched high water vehicles and helicopters into flood-prone areas. FEMA also moved 125,000 meals and 200,000 liters of water into the state, the report added.

Edwards is encouraging Louisiana residents to monitor local media and check www.GetAGamePlan.org to ready for the storm.

At the Escatawpa Hollow Campground in MS, on the Alabama state line, owner Larry Godfrey was prepared for flooding that would just add to the woes of a rainy spring.

"Cindy is now almost stationary, but we expect the storm to begin a northwestward track toward at midweek", according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

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City and county governments on Mississippi's coast are handing out sandbags. But the main danger appeared to be from rain.

"The voluntary evacuation order is meant to alert residents of Bolivar Peninsula that emergency responders may be unable to reach them", Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said in a statement.

After landfall, Cindy's expected to fizzle quickly, then make a hard turn to the right, moving over parts of the Mid-South and bringing heavy rain along with it.

"I have directed Texas emergency personnel to prepare to respond as Tropical Storm Cindy prepares to make landfall along the Gulf Coast.As we have learned in the past, weather patterns can change rapidly and without warning".

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area overnight and spread westward within the warning area through early Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a tropical storm warning for Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes, as well as Jefferson and Orange counties.

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Rivers and bayous will be swollen and slow to drain especially with strong southerly winds and high seas to the south so flooding along rivers and bayous will also be possible. The remnants of the storm continued to move to the northwest at about 22 miles per hour, with sustained winds tied to squalls near the storm's center blowing at about 40 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Bret, which was named yesterday, is the earliest named storm to form in the southeastern Caribbean since records were kept beginning in 1851.

The entire Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida has been watching the brewing low pressure system for some time now.

The heaviest rains are expected in an area that includes the port city of Mobile, Alabama, and the cities of Pascagoula and Biloxi in Mississippi. Southeast Louisiana could see 12 inches of rain in spots, with rain continuing through Thursday night. This isn't to say other parts of the state won't see any impacts though. Whatever it becomes, it probably won't be a tightly wound storm, but a diffuse swirl of tropical moisture that will move north and inland.

Tropical Storm Cindy is slowly moving away from the Tampa Bay area.

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