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Tropical storm warning in effect for parts of Louisiana amid tropics activity

Credit National Hurricane Center  NOAA Credit National Hurricane Center NOAA
Madeline Patrick | 23 June, 2017, 04:54

The state said the Federal Emergency Management Agency was moving 125,000 meals and 200,000 liters of water into Louisiana.

Heavy rain and flooded roads are already slamming portions of Dauphin Island from a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm's eye was located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Trinidad Monday evening. It had top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (97 kph).

This potential tropical cyclone is expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone on Monday.

The center say Cindy is expected to reach the Louisiana coast sometime late Wednesday and then move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday. Rain amounts of 3 to 4 inches are likely, with isolated amounts to 5 inches.

The metro area braced for its first taste of tropical weather in a half-decade as Tropical Storm Cindy, a poorly organized system that stalled while it meandered toward the central Gulf Coast on Tuesday, put local leaders on alert despite not being in the cone of error.

The storm which is threatening the United States Gulf Coast has so far forced two Carnival Cruise ships to sail reversed itineraries. This included Panama City Beach, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, the report also said.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency. "Any way we can get to them", she said.

As of Tuesday morning, the cone of the tropical system is heading west of New Orleans to the Acadiana area, but National Weather Service meteorologists warn that the impacts of the storm will be felt hundreds of miles on both sides of the cone.

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The 1933 Trinidad hurricane didn't form until June 24, and 1979's Tropical Storm Ana formed in the same region on June 20. A tropical storm watch is in effect from Cameron Parish and west to Texas' High Island community in Galveston County.

In the Gulf of Mexico, a sprawling storm that rolled off the Yucatan Peninsula last week continued to intensify and become better formed, forecasters said.

Forecasters are advising those in the watch area to prepare for winds as high as almost 60 miles per hour and areas of locally heavy rain and flooding. The median number of named storms between 1981 and 2010 was 12 per year, according to Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project.

Tropical systems in the Gulf of Mexico often grab the notice of energy traders because the Texas and Louisiana coastline is home to offshore rigs and platforms accounting for about 17% of US crude oil output and 4.1% of natural gas production.

The warning is in effect from Cameron, Louisiana, to Intracoastal City.

A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours.

The storm could cause a surge of one to three feet along the coast and spawn tornados from south-central Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle, the NHC said. The rainy weather will continue through Friday with widespread rain and thunderstorms expected.

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