U.S. Gulf Coast Braces for Tropical Storm Cindy
Tropical Storm Cindy was expected to hit the coast of southwest Louisiana late Wednesday and move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, with higher gusts, and little change in strength was expected before the storm reached the coast. Tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 205 miles, according to the NHC, mainly to the north and east of the center.
Cindy was expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches, were expected farther west across southwest Louisiana into southeast Texas through Thursday, the NHC said.
The storm could affect Gulf Coast refinery and petrochemical operations. The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) said vessel offloading operations were suspended today at the LOOP Marine Terminal, which would remain idle until the conditions were favorable to safely resume operations. However, there were no expected interruptions in deliveries from the Clovelly Hub, according to LOOP.
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