The weather disturbance likely to become Tropical Storm Cindy was “gradually becoming better organized” Tuesday morning (June 20) as it moved toward Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center said.
Here are the five things you need to know:
1. The system is expected to be upgraded to a tropical depression or tropical storm later today. It will be called Cindy.
2. Forecasters say the biggest threat to the metro New Orleans area is rain. The system is expected to drop 6 to 9 inches of rain over Southeast Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, Southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Isolated amounts of 12 inches are possible, and street flooding is possible depending on how fast the rain falls.
3. The weather system, according to the latest tracking, is moving toward the Louisiana-Texas line. However, much of the rain and wind is to the east of the tracking path, which is why Southeast Louisiana is expected to feel the brunt of the storm. Tropical-storm-force winds are expected to start hitting the coast Tuesday afternoon.
4. Officials are not encouraging evacuations at this point. However, they are asking residents to clean debris from storm drains and pay attention to street flooding when driving. Sandbags also are available in some parishes. See more preparation tips here.
5. Southeast Louisiana is expected to feel weather impacts through Thursday, as the system moves north.