TS Bret causes heavy flooding, power outages in Trinidad

Brandon Banks

She is expected to make landfall sometime Wednesday night near the Sabine River, which marks the border between Texas and Louisiana.

Dunn said the forecast of one to three inches of rain might be less if the storm's track shifts. Tropical Storm Cindy still looks very disorganized but the center of circulation doesn't matter as it will be more of a rainmaker type of storm instead of a big wind threat.

Located about 265 miles south of Morgan City, LA, and 355 miles southeast of Galveston, TX, Cindy is stationary, packing winds of 45 mph.

The area now under tropical storm warning stretches from San Luis Pass, Texas to Alabama's Florida border, according to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy.

Tropical Storm Cindy can potentially bring 3 to 5 inches of rain and isolated areas could receive 8 to 10 inches.

RAINFALL: Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday.

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Ladarius Banks

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from Wednesday evening through Friday morning for areas primarily near and south of I-20.

A few tornadoes also are possible Wednesday throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. But insurance and reinsurance interests may want to take note, as Cindy does present a threat even at this early stage of the tropical season.

"We're expecting it to be really bad", Mark Cumbest said of possible flooding. Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Bret formed on Monday.

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, under the direction of Vice President Guy Brame, has issued an Emergency Declaration ahead of Tropical Storm Cindy.

Bret impacted Trinidad and Tobago with heavy rain Monday night and continued to affect the northern coast of Venezuela.

The first storm of the season, Tropical Storm Arlene, formed over the eastern Atlantic in April. The system is expected to resume a motion toward the northwest at around 10 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to move inshore early Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas line before weakening and moving northeastward in a sweeping arc.




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