Gulf Coast Flooding Concerns From “Potential” Tropical Cyclone #3

Cindy has top sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) and the storm is presently stationary in the Gulf. Though there are no other areas of concern to talk about for additional tropical development tonight, the next name on this year’s hurricane and tropical storm naming list is Don.Forecasters say the system is expected to be near the Louisiana coast by Wednesday, with some strengthening possible.Coastal residents are feeling the effects of a severe storm system that’s churning in the Gulf of Mexico.Already some flooding was reported on Alabama’s Dauphin Island and flood control locks and gates were being closed along Louisiana’s bayou-marbled coast. The main road leading to the island’s narrow western end is partially covered with water, and the city is moving vehicles and equipment to higher ground. Double red flags snapped in the wind on the public beach at Gulf Shores in her state, warning visitors to stay out of the pounding surf.The city of Houston’s Office of Emergency Management said Tuesday afternoon that it continues to monitor the Gulf as Tropical Storm Cindy makes her way to the coast line.The latest forecast track of Cindy brings the storm right across the ArkLaTex as a tropical depression late Thursday. The most torrential rain is likely to be to the east of the center of the storm, because these areas will see a prolonged period of onshore flow.Cindy will also not be a threat to Jacksonville as it is highly likely that it will develop as a subtropical storm and move to the northwest, never approaching Jacksonville. Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain and the metropolitan New Orleans area are also under a warning.In flood-prone parts of the Gulf Coast, so much rain could have unsafe consequences. That would include Alabama.Cindy knocked out power to almost 10,000 New Orleans-area residents early Wednesday, though most power has been restored, the Entergy Louisiana provider said.In the past, even if the hurricane center thought a system had a high chance of developing, it couldn’t issue watches and warnings. Much like Cindy, there were watches and warnings in place before Bret was named. Slight weakening is forecast to begin on Thursday.