Tropical Storm Cindy is currently located about 170 miles south-southwest of Morgan City Louisiana and about 225 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.
The centre of the storm is forecast to approach the coast of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas late today or tonight, and move inland over south-eastern Texas or south-western Louisiana on Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected today and a slight weakening is forecast to begin on Thursday.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
* San Luis Pass Texas to the Alabama-Florida border
* Metropolitan New Orleans
* Lake Pontchartrain
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 to 24 hours.
Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches over south-eastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.
Tropical storm conditions are affecting portions of the northern Gulf of Mexico coast over the eastern part of the warning area. These conditions should spread westward within the warning area through early Thursday.
Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is expected along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area, with isolated areas possibly up to 4 feet.
A few tornadoes are possible this morning through tonight from the western Florida Panhandle to southern Louisiana.
Anyone visiting the region is advised to monitor news reports and follow any advice or instructions issued by the local authorities or their accommodation providers.