Tropical Storm Cindy has weakened a bit as of late this morning, but rain still remains a major threat. The system is expected to make landfall on the western Louisiana coast early tomorrow morning. That’s according to State Climatologist Barry Keim, who says Cindy has sustained winds at 50 mph, and will bring in a lot of wet weather.
“Rain really is the big threat from this storm, as three to five additional inches are possible across parts of Louisiana over the next couple of days. This includes all of southern Louisiana and in addition western Louisiana all the way up to Shreveport,” Keim said.
Keim says there’s also potential for isolated tornadoes from Cindy. He says the system is ingesting some dry are, which is disrupting the rain bands a little bit, but not enough to reduce the threat.
“There’s still a lot of rain associated with this storm, and with all this saturated ground we have all across Louisiana all the way to the panhandle of Florida, you put another three to five inches on top of that, there’s going to be some flooding issues,” Keim said.
Keim advises the public to be prepared because there’s a lot of storm still to come. He says Cindy should finally push out of the state late Thursday night.
“Then we’re just coping with the aftermath of having the rivers subside, but as far as the rain goes, it should all be over with by tomorrow evening,” Keim said, “and then we just have to cope with the response from the rivers.”
Gov. John Bel Edwards said today it’s too early to call for evacuations, but he’s encouraging residents to be prepared for flooding and high winds. The governor issued an emergency disaster declaration early Wednesday in advance of the storm. Tornado watches remain in effect for most of the southern half of the state through 7pm.