Tropical Storm Cindy – The Latest Information
10AM UPDATE - Looks like Tropical Storm Cindy has weakened a little bit. Below are the new storm graphics from KATC.
As of the 4:00 AM update from the National Hurricane Center Tropical Storm Cindy continued to move ever so slowly toward an eventual landfall on the coast. The latest track guidance from the Hurricane Center had shifted the official track of the storm slightly east of where it was forecast yesterday. This track, if accurate, would bring the center of circulation across the coast near Lake Charles Louisiana.
During the nighttime hours, the system showed slight strengthening. The maximum sustained winds were 60 mph with gusts up to 70 mph. Tropical Storm force winds extend outward from the center of circulation some 275 miles. Those winds are generally to east and northeast of the center. The official forecast does call for the system to weaken just a little early Thursday as it nears the coastline.
The center of the storm's circulation is located about 170 miles south-southwest of Morgan City Louisiana. That would also place the center approximately 225 miles southeast of Galveston Texas. The system is moving to the northwest at 8 mph. A gradual turn to the north is expected later tonight.
The greatest threat from Tropical Storm Cindy continues to be heavy rains. Rainfall amounts of three to five inches along and just south of I-10 will be common as the system makes its way toward land. Isolated amounts, especially along the coast could exceed six inches of rain. Here is the latest scan from the National Weather Service radar in Lake Charles.
Here is the basic information from the 4:00 AM Hurricane Center Update.
LOCATION...27.3N 91.9W ABOUT 170 MI...275 KM SSW OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA ABOUT 225 MI...360 KM SE OF GALVESTON TEXAS MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 310 DEGREES AT 8 MPH...13 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...997 MB...29.44 INCHES