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TS Cindy begins striking Gulf Coast

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Although the storm is projected to land well east of the Houston area, the region remains in a tropical storm warning as Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall late tonight. Area residents should be prepared for possible heavy rains and wind gusts up to 30 mph.

HGX loop CindyImage courtesy of the National Weather Service.Just three weeks into the Atlantic Hurricane Season, the first storm to threaten the Texas coast is predicted to make landfall before dawn near the mouth of the Sabine River.

The first rain bands from Tropical Storm Cindy began pelting the Deer Park area around 3:30 p.m. Although the storm will land well east of the Greater Houston Area, residents should be prepared for 1-4 inches of rain, said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.

In an NWS advisory, meteorologists warned of the possibility of 10 inches of rain in the area if the rain bands slow.

As of 5:30 p.m. Cindy was located approximately 120 southeast of Galveston. The storm is moving northwest at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds at 50 mph. The National Weather Service in Galveston expects the storm to begin an northern track shortly before landfall, putting it near the Texas-Louisiana border.

Additional strengthening is not expected between now and landfall. Despite this, tropical storm warnings remain in effect along the upper Texas coast eastward to Florida as the storm nears landfall.

Cindy is already blamed for one death in Alabama, where a young boy was struck by debris brought in by the storm surge.