An area of low pressure in the central Gulf of Mexico strengthened Tuesday into Tropical Storm Cindy.

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A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect from High Island, Texas, to the mouth of the Pearl River between Louisiana and Mississippi.

Cindy is packing maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and is nearly stationary but is expected to resume a motion northwest later today.

The system has already brought heavy rain and flooding downpours across parts of the Yucatan and western Cuba.

Cindy is expected to approach the coast of southwest Louisiana late Wednesday or Wednesday night, and move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday.

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Heavy rainfall from storm can be pulled northeastward into Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle as the week progresses. Some areas could see as many as 12 inches of rain. This heavy rain will lead to flooding across portions of the Gulf Coast into the middle and end of the week and could bring rain to North Carolina.

Cindy is the third name tropical storm of 2017.

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