Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph

Cindy made landfall between Cameron, LA and Port Arthur, TX, early Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall Thursday in southwestern Louisiana, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to the already soaked US Gulf Coast.MET OFFICE/ACCUWEATHER/GETTYStorm Cindy will cause devastation in the U.S. todayWhere is Tropical Storm Cindy now?With Tropical Storm Cindy moving inland, the Louisiana National Guard wants residents to know they are ready if assistance is needed.The storm’s maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour, and it’s expected to weaken to a tropical depression later in the morning and become a remnant low Thursday night.The storms will be “enhanced by the tropical feed”, Martrich said, but the weather service doesn’t see unusual accumulation amounts as the actual former tropical storm turns east and heads south of the area.”We can not stress enough the importance of avoiding high water”, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards warned Wednesday ahead of Cindy’s arrival.Cindy was considered a tropical storm when it hit land early Thursday.”Most of us will receive 2-3″ of rain Friday night, but some locations may see as little as an inch while others may see as much as 4″ of rain.Never attempt to drive through flooded roads or cross barricades placed by emergency personnel.20 parishes had declared a state of emergency as of Tuesday and it’s expected more will follow. This information reportedly came from the Baldwin County sheriff.There have been at least five tornadoes reported in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida in the past two days in relation to the approaching storm, according to ABC News meteorologists who are tracking Cindy.The US National Hurricane Centre is calling the conditions life-threatening and warning of flash floods.The central portion of the state is under a marginal risk of severe storms on Thursday, forecasters said. It included drenching rains that posed flash flood threats, strong tidal surges, waterspouts and reports of possible tornadoes.Social media users in Lake Charles, Louisiana, posted images and video of the storm on Wednesday as it battered the area with severe rain.After the first night of Tropical Storm Cindy’s landfall in the gulf coast, Houston has yet to experience risky levels of rain or flooding.