Tropical Storm Cindy

Tropical Storm Cindy: Most likely arrival time of tropical storm force winds.

This morning, Tropical Storm Cindy is a disorganized storm that is still producing 60-mph hour sustained winds over sections of the Gulf of Mexico. The center is located around 200 miles southeast of Galveston with the storm currently tracking to the northwest at 8-mph. The latest thinking is that Cindy will curve to the north and make landfall somewhere near Sabine Pass shortly after midnight tonight.

This track would likely spare Galveston County the worst impacts with the storm, though wind gusts to 50-mph near the coast, somewhat elevated tides and rains of 1-2 inches or higher will be possible between now and early Friday. The local National Service Office and the Southern Region Office are providing more detailed information on the storm and its impacts (see links).

NWS Southern Region Tropical Webpage

NWS Watch/Warning Advisory Summary

Hurricane Model Plots

Unlike some tropical systems, Cindy may leave a moist, unstable air mass in its wake, keeping rain in our picture through the coming weekend. So, even if we miss much of the rain as the storm makes landfall, we could still see more than ample amounts over the next few days.

• 7 day precipitation outlook

And, remember, the situation with tropical systems can change rapidly, so keep monitoring this system until it is safely out of our way.

Stan Blazyk is a life-long weather enthusiast, long-time Galveston resident and author of "A Century of Galveston Weather." He has written the weather blog for the Galveston County Daily News for more than a decade.

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