Tropical Storm Cindy Nears Gulf Coast

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Cindy is continuing it's movement northwest towards the Texas and Louisiana coastlines. 


As of Wednesday morning, Cindy is around 270 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.


Rip currents have moved in and waves have picked up since Tuesday afternoon. 


In places like Stewart Beach, red warning flags have gone up in preparation. 


"We watched the tide come in. It took a lot of our stuff and got it all wet, so we had to start moving stuff back farther and you can feel the current really pulling you out," Galveston local Kathi Irons said. 


Over in parts of Louisiana, heavy rains are starting to make their way in, with anywhere from six to 12 inches expected.


Power outages have also been reported in Metairie, Louisiana.


People in Biloxi, Mississippi are also beginning to feel the impacts, with heavy rainfall pounding the area overnight. So far, it's flooded roads and made conditions difficult for drivers.


Tuesday evening, Governor Greg Abbott announced on Twitter that he's activated the Texas Emergency Task Force to help Texans respond to Tropical Storm Cindy.



For more information on how to prepare, visit the task force's website

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