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Tropical Storm Warning issued as Cindy looms

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A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties as Tropical Storm Cindy inches closer to the Gulf Coast.

The National Hurricane Center extended the warning from Texas to the Alabama/Florida state line in its 10 p.m. update Tuesday.

As of 10 p.m., Cindy was 220 miles south of Morgan City, LA moving northwest at 7 mph.

The NHC reported Cindy has strengthened to sustained winds of 60 mph with gusts of up to 71 mph recorded by buoys in the gulf. Chief Meteorologist Carrie Duncan said atmospheric pressure at the storm’s center dropped from 999 mb to 997 mb in six hours.

“When the pressure decreases, that shows the strengthening of the storm,” said Duncan. “Still, our main threat is going to be from heavy rain causing flooding and the potential for isolated coastal tornadoes.”

Several areas in South Mississippi are under tornado watches and flash flood warnings as the storm moves closer.

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Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, George, and Stone counties are under a tornado watch until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Hancock and Harrison counties are under flash flood warnings until 4 a.m. Flood warnings will expire for Stone and George counties at 4:15 a.m.

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