By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
June 22,2017, 2:50:26PM,EDT
Even though Cindy is inland and weakening, the risk of flooding and severe thunderstorms will continue along the central Gulf Coast and part of the interior South.Cindy made landfall in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. CDT Thursday with maximum sustained winds between 40 and 45 miles per hour. Cindy was downgraded to a tropical depression as of mid-morning Thursday.
Heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms continue to extend well out from the center of Cindy, especially to its east and north.
Storm to creep northward through southern US
"Cindy will continue to move northward into Thursday evening before a curve to the northeast occurs on Thursday night and Friday," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
Deep South at risk for major flooding
While minor coastal flooding has occurred from Louisiana to western Florida and will subside, the greatest ongoing impact from Cindy will be the risk of major fresh water flooding in the Deep South and other parts of the eastern United States.
Flooding will not only occur along some small streams, bayous and urban areas but also along to some of the rivers in the region.
Fortunately, most of the rivers in the region will peak at minor to moderate flood stage, rather than major flood stage with this event. However, there will be a few exceptions. Most rivers in the South will not crest until this weekend or early next week.
Locally heavy rain has been falling on parts of the South well in advance of Cindy since this past weekend. Some areas received 8-10 inches of rain from Sunday to Thursday morning.
Into Thursday night, the greatest risk of flooding along the interstate 10 and 20 corridors will occur in spiral bands. In these bands rainfall can be intense and quickly inundate area streets and highways.
"Total rainfall of 6-12 inches is likely over part of the central Gulf Coast states with locally higher amounts of 15 inches possible, due to the slow-moving nature of the storm," Kottlowski said.
Cities that could experience flooding problems from the storm include Pensacola, Florida; Mobile, Alabama; Biloxi, Mississippi; and New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Heavy rain and the risk of flooding directly associated with the storm are forecast to extend well inland over the South into this weekend.
Tornadoes to be spawned by storm
Locally gusty winds with and without thunder could down tree limbs and lead to sporadic power outages near the Gulf Coast.
"People along the upper Gulf coast will also need to be vigilant for the risk of a few tornadoes and waterspouts through Thursday night," according to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Richard Schraeger.
As the storm continues to push inland, the risk of severe thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes will extend into northern parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, southeastern Arkansas and perhaps southern Tennessee into Thursday night.
Bathers, boaters at risk from dangerous storm
In addition to the risk of flooding and severe thunderstorms, a persistent flow of air off the Gulf of Mexico will create hazardous surf and seas.
Reports: Voluntary evacuations ordered amid Cindy’s flooding in Louisiana; Tornado strikes near Birmingham, Alabama
AccuWeather Hurricane Center: See the latest advisories
Cindy’s major flood threat to persist as storm unleashes up to a foot of rain
South-central US interactive radar
There will be an elevated risk of strong and frequent rip currents along much of the Gulf coast due to the large nature of the storm. The worst conditions will be from northern Florida to Louisiana.
Seas over much of the Gulf of Mexico may remain too rough for small craft into Thursday night.
Beyond Cindy, tropical development is unlikely over the Atlantic basin through at least the end of June.
John Hummer ·
It's interesting to say the least, that beyond the TN valley region, there's much uncertainty, especially as the remnant 'ghost' of Cindy head towards the mid-Atlantic Sat. how much, if any, rain falls in this region.......models (comp) have indicated very little still involved with the the remnace into the weekend, however, model do 'change their 'minds'' like weathermen n women do.......we'll see. Here in cent. Va. there's a minimal chance, at the moment, we'll see significant rains from this sys.......this storm has already thrown some 'surprises' at us...........
Mark Johnson ·
Has Accuweather always used the term "cyclone" when describing what I historically know of here in the US as a "tropical storm"? I'm aware of the general usage of cyclone, typhoon, hurricane in relative terms to their global geographic location but I can't recall such usage here in the US. Does the term cyclone generate more interest, sound better, or more ominous?
Cyclone is being used because we are not alone here in the US any longer due to non-assimilation to our way of life and culture. We here in the US know what they are called to the rest of the world but the rest of the world may not know what a hurricane is. POLITICALLY CORRECT once again here in the US. And it may also be a scare tactic to make people evacuate. This storm is a baby in comparison to Katrina Rita and Ike. Some others include Albert, Hurrican Audrey which devistated Cameron La. in the late 50's, Carla in the early 60's these storms were major weather events. This storm they are calling Cindy is minor. The only reason this storm could be serious is if people do not take advice from authorities and stay out of rising water or tornadic developement. Cindy and all others afterwards is and always will be a hurricane or tropical storm to me and if an individual does not know then so be it, you should have assimilated.
Stephanie Swire ·
I am pretty sure I know the answer but it wasn't mentioned IS Cameron La gonna be effected???
Dan Jones ·
Define Flooding Please? 1/2 inch of water on the street? 1/4? 1/8th? Fiction?
Brenda Lee Stricklin
ya see that 4x4 run right through that water, so follow him. Your cae suddenly stops, not to be restarted. Your crawling out the window and swim about 1/2 block before you get to dry land. You didn't calculate that the 4x4 required a 6 foot ladder to get into.
Chyeah...Texas Hill COuntry loses out again.
Bill Harper ·
So what about Memphis, Nothing huh???