Published: June 22,2017
Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning as a tropical storm on the northern Gulf Coast and will continue to impact parts of the United States through Friday, despite weakening to a tropical depression.
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Here are three things to know about Tropical Depression Cindy to help you better prepare for possible impacts.
1) Heavy Rainfall Will Be the Primary ThreatA widespread swath of more than 5 inches of rainfall is expected from southeastern Louisiana through southern Mississippi into southern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle. Local amounts of up to 12 inches of rain are possible.
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(FORECAST: New Orleans | Mobile | Pensacola)
In addition, the combination of tropical moisture and energy from Cindy streaming northward and an eastward moving cold front will enhance rainfall across much of the South and possibly into southern portions of the Ohio Valley Thursday into Friday.
Flash flood watches are posted from eastern Texas into into the western Florida Panhandle and northward into western Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, southern Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania, where multiple rounds of heavy rain and saturated soil could result in significant flash flooding.
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Pay attention to any flash flood warnings, and do not drive into flooded roadways.
2) Don't Focus Just on the ConeOften with a tropical system, the projected path or forecast cone is what people pay attention to because the worst impacts frequently can occur near the cone. However, this is not one of those times to do that, since far-reaching impacts are expected.
The forecast cone represents the probable track of a tropical cyclone's center and becomes wider over time as the forecast uncertainty increases.
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Consequently, focusing on the track of the center will miss where much of the rain and wind impacts will be experienced.
3) There Could Be Tornadoes and Storm SurgeIn addition to the threat of heavy rain and gusty winds, tornadoes are also possible.
The risk for an isolated tornado will persist through Thursday, mainly from the central Gulf Coast into the lower Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley.
(MAPS: Weekly Planner)
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High surf and rip currents are also likely from the Florida Panhandle to southeastern Texas through Thursday.
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