Tropical Storm Cindy could bring heavy rain to the Ohio Valley

Courtesy: National Hurricane Center

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Tropical Cyclone #3 strengthened to become Tropical Storm Cindy early Tuesday afternoon.

The system is currently stalled over the northern Gulf of Mexico, but it will pick up a little more speed Wednesday as it heads toward the southwestern Louisiana coast.  Cindy is forecast to make landfall Thursday over western Louisiana and eastern Texas.

Courtesy: National Hurricane Center

The main threat with this storm is flooding, with up to a foot of rain possible over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the Florida panhandle.  Up to six inches of rain is possible over southwestern Louisiana and southeast Texas through Thursday.

Cindy will weaken as it moves north over land late Thursday through Friday.  The remnant area of low pressure will then take a hard right over the lower Mississippi Valley as it gets pushed by an approaching cold front.

The tropical moisture will then head towards the Ohio Valley and Appalachians. During this phase, it will help create a strip of heavy rain over portions of Kentucky and West Virginia.  At this point, the higher rain totals look to stay south of us here in central Ohio, but it’s something we’ll be watching closely for any shifts in the track.

Either way, with a cold front moving in along with some tropical moisture, the chance of showers and storms will increase for us Friday through at least early Saturday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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