Tropical Storm Cindy has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but heavy rains continue around the state. State Climatologist Barry Keim says Cindy made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border around 3 o’clock this morning. He says the system is inland and weakening, but it’s still a rainfall threat to Louisiana.
“This rainfall threat is going to remain in place pretty much throughout the day today. We can expect breezy conditions across the state for the rest of the day with periods of heavy rainfall, some of which could be extraordinarily heavy and create some flash flooding,” Keim said.
Keim says the system is inland now and weakening, but we still need to be vigilant. He says northwest Louisiana is likely to get the heaviest rains with potential for up to five inches. He says we aren’t out of the woods yet.
“The storm is clearly winding down. It’s not over with yet. So hang in there for the rest of today through tonight, especially in north Louisiana where this could linger into tonight and even early tomorrow morning,” Keim said.
Flash flood watches remain in effect for much of the state through this evening. Keim says strong winds could also cause problems in some areas.
“The breezy conditions can take down some trees and power lines, and there could be some power outages that still plague the state,” Keim said, “I don’t see it as being widespread, but there certainly could be some isolated areas with complications because of the wind.”