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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Cindy is affecting the northern Gulf Coast, and these rains could produce life-threatening flash flooding.

At 11 p.m., the center of the storm was about 105 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana and 125 miles south-southeast of Port Arthur, Texas.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

Cindy is moving north-northwest near 7 mph.

A turn toward the north should occur by Thursday morning, with a turn toward the northeast expected on Friday.

On the forecast track, the center of Cindy will move inland near the Louisiana-Texas border early Thursday, then move across western and northern Louisiana and into southeastern Arkansas Thursday night.

Little change in strength is expected before landfall, with weakening occurring thereafter.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for San Luis Pass Texas to Grand Isle.

Interests elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the central Texas coast to the western Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system.

Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts up to 15 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and western portions of the Florida Panhandle through Thursday night.

Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches can be expected farther west across western Louisiana and eastern Texas through Thursday night. Rainfall should spread northeastward across Arkansas and into portions of the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys through Friday, with total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts possible.

This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.

A few tornadoes are possible into tonight from the far western Florida Panhandle across southwestern Alabama, southern Mississippi, and southern Louisiana.


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