Flooding feared from Cindy in Mississippi

Flooding feared from Cindy in Mississippi

Flooding feared from Cindy in Mississippi

In their 5 p.m. advisory Tuesday, forecasters said the storm, located about 280 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana, on the state's southeast coast, could trigger life-threatening flash floods. This system has sustained winds of 45mph and is stationary-a continued northwest movement is expected overnight.

"Current forecast modeling data suggests areas of coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle could see more than 7" of rain in some areas as the slow-moving storm slides toward the northern Gulf coast.

Residents along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the central Texas coast to the western Florida Panhandle are being urged to keep an eye on this storm. Double red flags snapped in the wind on the public beach at Gulf Shores in her state, warning visitors to stay out of the pounding surf.

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Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the coast within the warning area later today and spread westward within the warning area through early Thursday.

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. Little change is strength is expected Wednesday, but slight weakening is forecasted to start Thursday.

Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday declared a statewide State of Emergency in anticipation of severe weather moving through Alabama beginning on Tuesday. Much like Cindy, there were watches and warnings in place before Bret was named. "We will probably have flooding mostly on county roads and people need to be aware and remember the old phrase: 'turn around, don't drown'".

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The storm is moving swiftly west at 23 miles per hour as it brushes past the northern coast of South America. Venezeula's government discontinued a tropical storm warning for Isla Margarita. This new policy allows residents and businesses to have more time to prepare for storms that form near the coast.

There's a minimal chance the subtropical system could become tropical in the coming days and turn into Tropical Storm Cindy before making landfall early Thursday morning.

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