Gulf system upgraded to Tropical Storm Cindy

Flash flood warnings covered parts of the Florida Panhandle Wednesday as Tropical Storm Cindy weakened slightly on its trek toward the Gulf Coast.

The third tropical storm of 2017, Cindy was moving slowly northwest Tuesday night and expected to reach the northern Gulf Coast late Wednesday and rumble inland Thursday over western Louisiana and eastern Texas. Instead, the storm was not expected to strengthen much more before weakening on Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 205 miles, mainly east from the center of the system.

Also in the Atlantic Ocean is Tropical Storm Bret, which is moving through the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Harris will monitor the storms from a multi-camera system to keep tabs on which areas are flooded and may have damage.

Based on the current forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to come ashore near the Texas-Louisiana border early Thursday morning with winds of 45-50 miles per hour and slightly higher gusts. The hurricane season got an early start this year when Tropical Storm Arlene formed in April.

Flooding remains the greatest concern for state officials in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Forecasters issued tornado warnings for the areas around Fort Walton Beach and Indian Pass in Florida after radar indicated possible tornadoes Wednesday morning.

The Louisiana National Guard has moved high water vehicles and helicopters into areas that could flood.

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The National Weather Service stated as of 7 p.m. Tuesday that Cindy is still stationary over the central Gulf of Mexico. Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday. "We're not expecting that much rain from this rain, we're expecting eight inches of rain".

RAINFALL: Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday.

Coastal Louisiana is under a tropical storm warning.

Bands of heavy rain are coming through as far east as the Florida Panhandle.

Exactly where that rain conveyor belt sets up will determine which areas are more susceptible for flash flooding.

Coastal Louisiana and Texas are under a tropical storm warning, and forecasters say the Alabama and MS coasts could get as much as 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain by Thursday night.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Alabama, due to the significant threat of flooding throughout the region.

According to the figures released by the National Hurricane Center in the beginning of June, the long-term averages for the number of named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes in this season are 12, 6, and 3 respectively.

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