Update: Thursday, 6:26 a.m.

The tropical storm warning for Tropical Storm Cindy has been canceled for areas west of High Island. 

Cindy made landfall near Cameron, La. and Port Arthur at about 4 a.m. Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The system is moving north and expected to turn northeast and weaken over the next 48 hours.

There are no reports of major power outages on Galveston Island or Bolivar Peninsula this morning. 

Some high water was reported over night in some areas including on State Highway 87 near Rollover Pass on Bolivar Peninsula, and on Harborside Drive in Galveston. 

Update: Wednesday, 10:13 p.m.

Tropical Storm Cindy was about 95 miles south-southeast of Port Arthur at 10 p.m. It was moving north-northwest at about 7 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm may not make landfall until 4 a.m. Thursday and may not reach the coast until as late as 9 a.m.

A tropical storm warning is still in effect for the Texas coast east of the San Luis Pass, including Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula.

There's been little rain locally so far, but the center is still predicting rainfall between 3 and 5 inches through Thursday nights, with some spots in eastern Texas receiving as much as 7 inches. In a later forecast, the National Weather Service said higher rainfall amounts are more likely in Chambers, Liberty and Polk Counties.

The strongest locally reported winds were 44 mph in San Leon at 7:34 p.m. and 41 mph at Scholes International Airport at 7:08 p.m.

A coastal flood advisory in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday. Tide levels could reach 4 feet above the mean lower low tide. At high tide, low level areas may be flooded and water may reach the dune line on some county beaches.

Update: Wednesday, 8:39 p.m.

The Galveston-Bolivar Ferry will run a modified schedule Wednesday evening as the most powerful parts of Tropical Storm Cindy reach the Gulf Coast.

The ferry will begin running one boat every other hour, according to a post on Twitter.

The modified schedule will begin at 10 p.m. and continue through 8 a.m. Thursday. The ferry will depart Galveston on the hour every two hours. It will leave Bolivar Peninsula ever two hours on the half hour starting at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The transportation department typically has only one ferry in service between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m., during which it leaves Galveston once per hour.

Update: Wednesday, 6:48 p.m.

The Texas Department of Transportation has stopped clearing debris from Highway 87 on Bolivar Peninsula, I45NOW reports.

The department stopped because tides were continuously pushing more debris on the roads.

"It was turning into a pointless effort," Galveston County spokeswoman Brittany Viegas said. 

A TxDOT spokesman said clearing would resume when it is safe to begin again. The highway is still open.

Update: Wednesday, 4:21 p.m.

The Galveston Park Board of Trustees isn't too concerned about how Cindy's storm surge will deteriorate the Seawall beach building project that was completed east of 61st Street earlier this year.

"We're not expecting any major coastal flooding that would cause a large concern for erosion," Park Board spokeswoman Mary Beth Bassett said. "We do expect high tides, and there may be some sand loss, but once the tides return to normal, we're confident the natural coastal processes will migrate the sand back to beach template."

Tides today were up to 4 feet high and expected to slowly subside over the evening, according to the National Weather Service in League City.

High tide did reach the dunes in some areas, and inundate the park board's parking lots at Stewart Beach and East Beach.

A coastal flood advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. this evening.

Update: Wednesday, 4:09 p.m.

The city of Jamaica Beach is preparing for streets to be impassible at some point overnight, Jamaica Beach Police Chief Brad Heiman said. The city expected several feet of flooding to occur during the next high tide early Thursday morning.

Streets on the north side of city were partially flooded on Wednesday afternoon thanks to a combination of high tides and northerly winds.

The flooding could be greater around 4 a.m. Thursday morning during the next high tide, and after Cindy's predicted landfall.

Residents in Jamaica Beach are used to the threat of flood from the bay, Heiman said. Some people were moving their vehicles to higher ground on Wednesday evening. Others were putting their boats and jet skis in dry dock to prevent them from being damaged, he said.

Similar conditions were expected in West End bayside communities and in downtown Galveston, city spokeswoman Jaree Fortin said. She urged people to avoid driving into deep water. If they must drive through the water, she said people to travel slowly to avoid creating wakes.

Update: Wednesday, 1:33 p.m.

Galveston's East Beach and Stewart Beach parking lots are inaccessible because of high tides related to Tropical Storm Cindy.

Two people were rescued at East Beach after being cut off by the rising water, Galveston Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis said.

The Galveston Island Beach Patrol is still on duty. Swimmers are being asked to not go into the Gulf of Mexico beyond their knees and are being kept away from jetties along the Seawall.

The National Weather Service has issued a rip current warning for Wednesday.

High tide was at 12:30 p.m.

Update: Wednesday, 12:50 p.m.

As high tide reaches its peak on Wednesday, Galveston County says Highway 87 will remain open unless the road becomes impassable.

The highway is frequently covered by sand and debris from high tides and storm events. The Texas Department of Transportation has machinery near the highway to help clear debris.

Update: Wednesday, 12:20 p.m.

The Miami Herald reports that the Carnival Valor was rerouted yesterday because of Tropical Storm Cindy.

The 2,980-passenger Valor is now on the fourth day of a five-day cruise to Mexico. The ship was rerouted from a stop in Cozumel to Progreso to avoid the storm.

Two other Carnival ships, leaving out of Miami and New Orleans, were rerouted because of the storm.

The Valor is expected to return to Galveston on Thursday.

Update: Wednesday, 11:25 a.m.

City of Galveston crews are spread through the city's downtown working to clear storm drains amid reports of tidal flooding occurring near The Strand.

Though there's been no rain this morning, wind and high tides have combined to cause flooding on some downtown streets, city spokeswoman Jaree Fortin.

No streets have been closed due to flooding.

Flooding has also been reported in Jamaica Beach and bayside communities on the West End of Galveston.

Earlier in the morning, the city announced there was no truth to a rumor that the Galveston causeway or the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry were being shut down. 

Update: Wednesday, 11:02 a.m.

Tropical Storm Cindy has disrupted shipping and crude oil imports in the Gulf of Mexico, Bloomberg reports.

Pilots have stopped guiding ships into Sabine Pass, which funnels traffic into the ports of Beaumont and Port Arthur.

Operations are normal in the Galveston and Houston ship channels, though officials are keeping an eye on the weather.

Entergy Corp., which provides power to Bolivar Peninsula and points north and east into Louisiana, has crews to coastal areas to respond to power outages caused by the storm.

Update: Wednesday, 10:40 a.m.

Gusty winds up to 50 mph are predicted on Bolivar Peninsula this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in League City.

The service issued an updated advisory about Tropical Storm Cindy at 10 a.m.

Overall the expected local impacts of the storm have "trended downward," according to the weather service. Rain totals are expected to be between 1 and 3 inches, with isolated higher totals.

Minor inundation is expected during high tides Wednesday afternoon. The next high tide is at 12:30 p.m.

The threat of tornados will remain low, according to the weather service.

Update: Wednesday, 7:48 a.m.

There were few changes in predictions about Tropical Storm Cindy overnight, according to the National Weather Service in League City. Forecasters decreased the amount of rain predicted in the Galveston area, and warned of possible "minor" coastal flooding over the next two days.

The storm is expected to make landfall near the Texas-Louisiana line sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Gusty winds and locally heavy rain are expected to begin locally on Wednesday afternoon. Areas of southeast Texas could see as much as 4 inches of rain.

That's a slight decrease from earlier forecasts, which predicted as much as 6 inches of rain in Texas.

Tides were up to a foot about normal at 5 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. High tides could cause some minor coastal flooding at mid-day Wednesday and early Thursday. 

Update: Tuesday, 10:06 p.m.

Tropical Storm Cindy began moving northwest at about 7 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported at 10 p.m.

Air Force reconnaissance aircraft and nearby ships have reported sustained gusts of up to 60 mph. The storm is not expected to get stronger.

The National Weather Service has also extended its tropical storm warning eastward. The warning now extends from San Luis Pass to Lake Pontchartrain and the New Orleans metropolitan area.

Update: Tuesday, 9:00 p.m.

Galveston Independent School District has canceled summer classes at Crenshaw Elementary & Middle School on Bolivar Peninsula.

The cancellation comes hours after Galveston County declared a voluntary evacuation for residents of the peninsula.

Other Galveston schools will stay on their summer schedules, school officials said Tuesday night. Decisions about other schools may change if the weather changes.

No other county school districts have announced cancellations.

Texas A&M University at Galveston said in a tweet that it is monitoring the storm, but has not announced any cancellations.

Update: Tuesday, 8:20 p.m.

Tropical Storm Cindy was about 350 miles southeast of Galveston and 250 miles away from the Louisiana coast as of 7 p.m., according to the National Hurricane Center.

The tropical storm was "meandering" in the Gulf but was expected to begin moving northwest later in the evening.

The center expected to issue another advisory at 10 p.m.

Update: Tuesday, 6:07 p.m.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the state's emergency operations center to increase its readiness and is sending extra resources to the Texas coast.

“I have directed Texas emergency personnel to prepare to respond as Tropical Storm Cindy prepares to make landfall along the Gulf Coast,” Abbott said in a prepared statement. “As we have learned in the past, weather patterns can change rapidly and without warning. That is why I am imploring all Texans in the Gulf region to stay updated and heed warnings from your local officials, avoid high water areas and refrain from attempting to drive through roadways or over bridges that have the potential to flood. We stand ready to assist local communities in the event of an emergency, and I ask all Texans to keep those in the storm’s path, and our brave first responders, in their prayers as they prepare for this storm.”

Abbott ordered four Texas Task Force 1 boat squads and two Texas Military Department vehicle squads to respond to any emergencies that may occur as a result of Tropical Storm Cindy.

He also placed the Department of State Health Services Emergency Medical Task Force, Texas Military Forces Aircraft and shelter and feeding teams on standby.

Update: Tuesday, 5:38 p.m.

Galveston County has declared a voluntary evacuation of Bolivar Peninsula and is encouraging residents who rely on medical assistance or those that cannot go without power for an extended period of time to leave the coast.

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said that residents who don't leave might find themselves isolated by wind and rain and high tides.

The National Weather Service has forecasted between 3 and 6 inches of rain and 4 to 5 foot tides.

The weather could close the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry. 

“The voluntary evacuation order is intended to alert residents of Bolivar Peninsula that emergency responders may be unable to reach them,” Henry said. “Elderly residents and people with medical conditions should make plans to leave the area before dark.”

The voluntary evacuation order goes into effect at noon Wednesday, and will remain until noon Thursday.

Update: Tuesday, 4:08 p.m.

Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula are now both under a tropical storm warning.

The National Hurricane Center upgraded the severity of the threat of Tropical Storm Cindy just before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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.

Cindy, which was declared a tropical storm around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, was about 360 miles southeast of Galveston at 4 p.m. It had maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph.

The storm was not moving at 4 p.m, but was expected to continue moving northwest later tonight.

The prediction for the storm's track has remained largely the same throughout the day. It's predicted to approach southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana late Wednesday and start moving inland over southeastern Texas on Thursday.

The storm could bring between 3 and 6 inches of rain to Texas through Thursday. Much higher amounts of rain are predicted in eastern Louisiana.

The storm could also bring a 1 to 3 foot storm surge in some areas along the coast, according to the hurricane center.

Update: Tuesday, 12:39 p.m.

Tropical Storm Cindy has officially formed in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center determined the system has reached tropical storm status just after 12:30 p.m.

The storm is expected to make landfall on the Texas and Louisiana coasts late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. 

It's expected to bring as much as 12 inches of rain to parts of eastern Louisiana.

Galveston County is on the western edge of the storm's predicted rainfall forecast and could see between 2 and 4 inches.

Update: Tuesday, 12:23 p.m.

City of Galveston officials say they are monitoring the storm, but still expect minimal impacts to the island as to Tuesday afternoon.

"We take them all seriously," Mayor Jim Yarbrough said, before saying it appears the storm will have a "relatively low impact."

"But people have got to be prepared," Yarbrough said. "It should serve as a reminder to get ready; there could be others behind it."

The city is making sure that city assets may be blown around by strong winds are picked up or secured, Yarbrough said.

Update: Update, 9:48 a.m.

The National Hurricane Center has extended a tropical storm warning west to High Island on the north portion of the Bolivar Peninsula. The warning was issued just before 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Areas south and west of High Island were placed under a tropical storm watch.

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. A watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

The system is moving northwest at about 10 mph and is forecasted to turn toward the north-northwest early Thursday. The storm is expected to be near the southwest Louisiana coast late Wednesday, and move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday, according to the center.

Rainfall of between 3 to 5 inches may occur from southwest Louisiana into southeast Texas through Thursday. Some areas may see as much as 6 inches of rain.

The National Hurricane Center plans to issue its next advisory at 1 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY

A storm that is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone is moving northwest toward the upper Texas coast and southwest Louisiana.

The weather system's effects are expected to be felt most severely on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center had declared a tropical storm watch  between High Island and Cameron, La., near the border.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible, generally within 48 hours.

The center has issued a more severe tropical storm warning for areas east of Cameron.

If the system strengthens into a tropical storm, it would be named Tropical Storm Cindy.

The National Weather Service is expected to have a conference call with local authorities at 10 a.m., after which local preparations for the storm may be announced.

This story will be updated throughout the day. Check back later for more details.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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