WEST MONROE, La. - The National Hurricane Center has downgraded the status of Tropical Storm Cindy to a Tropical Depression. It is struggling to sustain winds of 30 mph and will continue to lose steam over the next 24 hours. We are still going to feel the effects here in the ArkLaMiss and await another round of rain from a cold front by Saturday.
Rain has begun across north Louisiana this morning as bands from Cindy are pushing through and will continue to do so through the overnight hours. With the heaviest impacts being felt by the Gulf Coast over the past few days, the focus is finally going to start shifting north.
Tropical Depression Cindy began to weaken shortly after her arrival on land, now with maximum sustained winds at about 30 mph. The storm will continue to weaken as it pushes north, but the threat for heavy rainfall will continue. Today and tomorrow we look to see the most rain.
For us here in the ArkLaMiss, we are under a Flash Flood Watch through Friday. We are expecting 3-6" of rain through the end of the weekend with some locally higher amounts, which will likely lead to some localized flash flooding.
Not only are we under a Flash Flood Watch, but the eastern half of the coverage area is under a Tornado Watch. Any tornadoes that we could possible see today will be weak, brief, and isolated.
Today and tomorrow, we can expect gusty winds reaching up to 25+ mph, not tropical force winds, but still pretty breezy with rain. We will cool down slightly but will still feel a bit muggy and gloomy outside as well.
What We Can Expect
Rain totals in the 3-6" range will be possible through the end of the weekend, not only from Cindy, but from a cold front that will push through this weekend bringing additional rainfall. Rain will be moderate to heavy at times and we will likely see some severe thunderstorms. Overall, the severe threat will be low, but the Storm Prediction Center has issued a *slight* risk for some strong to severe storms today. The primary threats will be some damaging winds gusts and a brief, spin-up tornado. Any spin-up tornado could be rain wrapped and will shortly last before losing steam.
Thursday will likely bring the most widespread rain, with scattered showers and storms lingering for Friday. It will feel breezy as well with winds expecting to be 10-20 mph and gusts in excess of 25 mph.
Stay tuned to updated forecast information as this system moves north over the next few days. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and download the KTVE/KARD app for the latest updates on your phone.
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