Tropical Storm Cindy forms in Gulf; what it means for North Carolina

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Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to make landfall as a tropical storm Thursday morning in southeast Texas.

National Hurricane Center forecasters said regardless of formation, the system could produce rain totals up to 8 inches, with some isolated areas seeing as much as 10 inches.

UPDATE 2:40 PM, 6/20: The system in the Gulf of Mexico mentioned below has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Cindy.

However, tropical storm-force winds were anticipated to start hitting the Louisiana coast sooner than that, beginning on Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Some summer school programs were also canceled Wednesday in New Orleans and Donaldsonville.

Tropical Storm Cindy formed Tuesday afternoon southeast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cindy could produce 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. At worst, the storm could flood neighborhoods outside the city's levee system and cause flash flooding even in protected areas.

A few tornadoes were also possible on Wednesday in southern Louisiana.

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A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from west of Intracoastal City to High Island, Texas.

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

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 24 to 36 hours. As of this writing, counties under tropical storm watch include Harris, Galveston, Liberty and Chambers.

Tropical Storm Bret has degenerated into a tropical wave and will no longer require advisories.

Please do not disregard the flood threat along the coastal regions of the Gulf, and do not cross roads that are covered in water.

The storm is expected to begin weakening today and become a tropical depression on Wednesday.

From ABC11 Chief Meteorologist Chris Hohmann: As Cindy moves inland Thursday it will weaken rapidly and move north and eventually northeast into the Ohio Valley.

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