NOON UPDATE: Tropical storm warnings have been lifted for the Mississippi coast in the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Storm Cindy continues to move toward the Texas-Louisiana state line, with landfall projected early Thursday morning. Parts of South Mississippi are under a tornado watch until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening and a flash flood watch until Thursday.
The storm dumped an estimated four inches of rain overnight in portions of Mississippi’s three coastal counties, and more heavy rain and wind is predicted as the storm continues to track northwest across the Gulf of Mexico.
“Though Cindy is currently at peak predicted intensity, it cannot be ruled out that the system may become a little stronger,” said Jason Plummer, Mississippi Power systems analyst. “The greatest risk is still heavy rainfall rather than from strong wind.”
According to the National Weather Service, “additional significant impacts are expected to continue from Tropical Storm Cindy through at least Thursday with the most significant threat being heavy rainfall and flooding. Average rainfall amounts are showing from 3 to 5 inches over the past 24 hours. An additional 3 to 6 inches will remain a possibility through Thursday.”
Flood warnings continue for the Tchoutacabouffa River in d’Iberville, Wolf River in Gulfport and Biloxi River near Lyman, while coastal areas are seeing tides running 2 to 4 feet above normal.
Several tornado warnings and videos of waterspouts have also been reported via social media Wednesday morning along with numerous reports of road closings due to flooding. No major damage from the waterspouts has been reported.
Mississippi Power employees remain alert for rapidly changing weather conditions.
As of Wednesday morning, “only scattered weather-related power outages have occurred,” said Kenneth Means, Distribution Control Center supervisor. “Our crews are standing by to respond to any major outages safely and efficiently.”
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