Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, June 21, as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches the U.S. coast.
Tropical Storm Cindy is approximately 170 miles south-southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana and moving northwest at 10 mph. Maximum sustained winds were at 50 mph, according to the 10 a.m. CDT intermediate advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
Heavy rain has already started to fall in areas of the Gulf Coast and will continue as Tropical Storm Cindy moves closer. It is expected to make landfall on Thursday near the Texas and Louisiana border. Further rain, according to local and national weather offices, will bring potentially dangerous flooding up to hundreds of miles inland.
Updated models now bring 2-6" of rain to north GA. This should help areas still in drought mode. pic.twitter.com/J1bAFupQaq
— Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) June 21, 2017
Severe weather is also expected due to the tropical system, including strong winds, thunderstorms and tornadoes.
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