Tropical Storm Cindy could dump heavy rain on parts of Texas

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MIAMI (AP) Forecasters say a slightly weakened Tropical Storm Cindy is threatening to produce heavy rains and life-threatening flash flooding over a wide area of the northern Gulf Coast.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Cindy was located at 10 a.m. CDT Wednesday about 170 miles south-southwest of Morgan City, La., and about 180 miles southeast of Galveston.

The storm has top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and is moving toward the northwest at 10 miles per hour.

Forecasters say a tropical storm warning has been discontinued for the greater New Orleans area and other areas north and east of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

But the tropical storm warning remains in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi to San Luis Pass in Texas.

Forecasters say the storm is expected to reach the coast of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas later Wednesday before moving inland.

Heavy rains are expected in southeast Texas, Louisiana, and southern areas of Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle through Thursday.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm’s landfall.

The governor's spokesman Richard Carbo said Edwards signed the statewide declaration Wednesday morning.

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Cindy were causing flooding Wednesday in low-lying areas along the Alabama coast.

Some roads are covered with water in the seafood village of Bayou La Batre, and police say streets are flooded on the barrier island of Dauphin Island.

Officials there have closed the beaches because of dangerously rough surf.

Double red flags are flying in Gulf Shores to warn people to stay out of the waves.

But live video feeds Wednesday showed a few people still on the beach despite rain showers and high winds.

Becca Caldemeyer says business is slow at her bait shop in Bayou La Batre because it's too windy to fish.

She says sea water is washing into marshes, but she can still get to and from work since the roads aren't completely covered with water.