SRM - DOC ALERT - TROPICAL STORM CINDY TO BRING MAJOR FLOODING
ServiceMaster Recovery Management - Disaster Operations Center Alert Update
Tropical Storm Cindy is now tracking northwest and we expect T.S. Cindy's center to move ashore near the mouth of Sabine River Thursday morning. Cindy will produce flooding rainfall across much of the south, with rainfall amounts greater than 8 inches from southeast Louisiana to the western Panhandle of Florida. This rainfall will lead to potentially life-threatening flash floods. Coastal areas near the Texas/Louisiana border can brace for wind gusts of 60-70 mph as Cindy makes landfall Thursday, which can lead to property damage and power outages. We will continue to monitor and provide updates as this storm develops. You are receiving this alert because some of your properties are in the storm's path and at an increased risk of damage. If you are in need of our services please call the Emergency SRM Hotline: 844-215-7619.
IMPACT & FORECAST:
Tropical Storm Cindy continues to progress off to the northwest, approaching the Louisiana/Texas border. The center of circulation is currently located about 170 miles south-southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana. Cindy is currently at the culmination of strength right now with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. We expect Cindy to weaken slightly today but maintain tropical storm strength throughout the day and into the night. Cindy will likely make landfall as a tropical storm early tomorrow morning, likely close to the Texas/Louisiana border.
Cindy is quite asymmetrical this morning with much of the deep convection displaced well to the north and east of the center of circulation. This displacement of convection is due to strong vertical wind shear out of the southwest from a residual trough that had been over the northwestern Gulf over the last couple of days. Despite the strong vertical wind shear, Cindy will remain a tropical storm, packing winds between 50 and 60 mph. This can lead to property damage and downed power lines. Additionally, the heavy convection to the north of the center of circulation will produce flooding rain for much of the Gulf Coast, including southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle through the day today. Heavier rainfall will extend into southwestern Louisiana today and tonight as the low-level circulation approaches from the southeast. Storm totals can exceed 8 inches in spots, especially across southern Mississippi and Alabama where the most persistent rainfall has been. This can lead to life-threatening flash floods.
During the day on Thursday, the center of circulation will be positioned over southeastern Texas. The majority of rainfall will be strung out to the east of the main circulation. A heavy swath of rainfall will spread into Arkansas, Tennessee and southern Kentucky heading into the day on Friday. Cindy will be a tropical rainstorm at this point, interacting with a vigorous frontal boundary diving southward. Any thunderstorms that develop along this front will likely be very heavy with rainfall rates between 2 and 3 inches per hour; 2-4 inches of rainfall with isolated locations receiving upward of 6 inches will be possible across Tennessee and Kentucky on Friday.