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Gulf Coast Braces for Tropical Storm Cindy

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Cindy is expected to approach the coast of southwest Louisiana late Wednesday or Wednesday night and move inland over western Louisiana and eastern Texas on Thursday.

"While Florida is not expected to see major impacts from this storm, flooding could occur and I urge all Floridians and visitors to be cautious and visit FloridaDisaster.org to get a plan and be prepared", the statement said.

A tropical storm warning has been issued from San Luis Pass, Texas, to the Mouth of the Pearl River, which means tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.

Anadarko Petroleum today (20 June) said it had completed the evacuation of all non-essential personnel from its Gulf of Mexico facilities ahead of Tropical Storm Cindy.

With Tropical Storm Cindy headed toward Louisiana, St. Charles Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish government officials on Tuesday asked residents to prepare their homes for heavy rainfall. He also activated four Texas Task Force 1 boat squads and two Texas Military Department vehicles squads of five vehicles each to respond to any weather-related emergencies.

Areas of Biloxi, MS, are reporting flooding.

Coastal Louisiana is under a tropical storm warning.

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A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Houston Metro area.

Already some flooding was reported on Alabama's Dauphin Island and flood control locks and gates were being closed along Louisiana's bayou-marbled coast.

Cindy was located about 230 miles (365 km) south of Morgan City, Louisiana late Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles (95 km) per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. But the main danger appeared to be from rain.

"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 courageous first responders, in their prayers as they prepare for this storm", Abbott said in a statement.

"The voluntary evacuation order is meant to alert residents of Bolivar Peninsula that emergency responders may be unable to reach them", Judge Henry said.

Louisiana and MS parishes and counties made sandbags available to people who wanted to protect homes and businesses.

A tropical storm warning is posted for area south of a Lufkin, TX-Alexandria, LA line.

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