Tropical Storm Cindy
Update: 6-21-2017 11:30 AM
With rain and winds most of the night but waking up to sunny skies, many Louisianans are feeling that we have missed a bullet with Tropical Storm Cindy. Truth is… The storm has yet to make landfall.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statewide State of Emergency Declaration Wednesday morning as preparations for severe flooding were underway.
As time progresses, Tropical Storm Cindy looks to be a major rain event. Some tornadoes have been spotted in Mississippi and a water spout over the Mississippi Gulf Coast waters. As of now, we have not seen any major flooding in Louisiana, but we are anticipating much more rain over the next 48 hours.
Video of Waterspout over Mississippi Gulf Coast
Updates as they happen
We will continue to update this page as the storm progresses providing updates on flooding in Louisiana, road closures and housing shelter options.
Video Update as of Tuesday Night
Tropical Storm City is currently heading toward Louisiana with anticipated heavy winds and rainfall. The storm is moving very slowly, which means it has the possibility of gaining in strength over the warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Although no one truly knows exactly where the tropical storm will make landfall, Louisiana will surely see a lot of rain over the next few days.
Possible Louisiana Flooding
With many of the predictions of Tropical Storm Cindy making landfall to the west of Louisiana, we anticipate seeing a tremendous amount of rain and potential flooding. With the “worst part” of the storm being directly to the East of where the storm makes landfall, we could see major disruptions in the Louisiana economy including flooding, property damage and loss of work for many Louisianans.
Rainfall is anticipated to reach six to twelve inches or more across Louisiana with the possibility of up to twenty inches of rainfall if the storm continues to move slowly and gain in strength over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to make landfall Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Anyone in affected areas should be extremely diligent in there preparations.
Damage to Louisiana Industries
Louisiana has seen its share of destructive weather. Many industries are affected by tropical storms and hurricanes, especially in Southern Louisiana. The Southern most part of the state is extremely vulnerable to major disruptions. Charter fisherman out of Venice have been securing their boats and hoping for the best. Storm surges, in the cities such as Venice LA, can have a devastating effect on the fragile economy.
The Hurricane Center has warned of the following:
- HEAVY RAINFALL: Cindy is expected to produce rain in excess of six to nine inches with isolated maximum amounts of over twelve inches over southeastern Louisiana through Thursday. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.
- Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches can be expected farther west across southwest Louisiana into southeast Texas through Thursday.
- DAMAGING WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area later tonight and spread westward within the warning area through early Thursday.
- STORM SURGE: Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is likely, especially in the coastal areas of Louisiana such as Venice La and along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area.
- TORNADOES: Isolated tornadoes are possible this evening and tonight from south-central Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle.
Additional Damage from Tropical Weather
Not only do the winds, flooding and hail bring tremendous damage, but in many instances of tropical weather include tornadoes spawned by the storm. Tornadoes from tropical weather knock down power lines, tree limbs and usually cause power outages in their wake. In can take days or even weeks to restore power to the affected areas.
Emergency Contact Information
We will do our best to keep you informed of the ongoing storm and its repercussions. All should have emergency numbers and websites ready…just in case.
The National Hurricane Center is a great source of real time information as are some of the local media outlets. You can track the store with the local Fox affiliate here.