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Tropical storm pelts South as FL eyes another storm

Louisiana and Mississippi were seeing 60-mph wind and heavy rain from a weakening Tropical Storm Cindy on Wednesday morning.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | July 6, 2005

Louisiana and Mississippi were hit by 60-mph wind and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Cindy Wednesday morning while Florida was keeping a wary eye on Tropical Storm Dennis which could impact the Keys as early as Saturday.

Although weakening, Cindy was still producing tropical storm-force winds up to 105 miles from its center on Wednesday morning. Cindy was moving toward the northeast at about 14 mph and this motion is expected to continue through Wednesday.

Forecasters predicted Cindy would head across the eastern U.S. later this week and remain a tropical depression through Sunday when it could reach central New Jersey.

A tropical storm warning was in effect Wednesday morning from Morgan City, Louis., eastward to Destin, Fla., and a tropical storm watch was in effect east of Destin to Indian Pass, Florida.

A state of emergency was declared by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour for coastal and southern counties.

A storm surge of 4 to 6 feet above normal tide levels was likely occurring to the southeast of the center, forecasters said.

Total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 6 inches were possible over the central Gulf Coast and parts of the southeast with isolated maximum rainfall of 10 inches. Isolated tornadoes were possible over portions of extreme southeastern Louisiana, southeastern Mississippi, southern and central Alabama and the western Florida panhandle on Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, the Federal Emergency Management Agency regional offices in the affected areas had no official reports of damage or injuries, but since the storm was still coming ashore, officials said that could change.

The Salvation Army's Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division is preparing for service. Crews have been placed on standby in the event emergency disaster services are needed.

The Salvation Army's New Orleans Area Command kitchen and mobile canteen were prepared for activation, while crews in Biloxi, Miss., are ready to assist with clean up related to any flooding and wind damage.

Meanwhile, saying Dennis has the potential to become "a major dangerous hurricane," forecasters say they have confidence in the predicted track for Dennis during the next 72 hours, but that it is too early to tell if the storm will then turn north along the western Florida coast or head out into the center of the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center said hurricane warnings have been posted for Jamaica and the southeastern peninsula of Haiti as Tropical Storm Dennis continues to strengthen.

Wednesday morning, Dennis was located 275 miles southeast of Port Au Prince, Haiti, and about 850 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. The maximum sustained winds were near 65 mph with higher gusts.

July 5 is the earliest date on record for four storms to form in the Atlantic, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical storms Cindy and Dennis are the third and fourth named storms of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.


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