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Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall; no new storms on map
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Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning between Cameron, Louisiana and Port Arthur, Texas. The National Hurricane Center issued its last advisory at 11 a.m.
Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning between Cameron, Louisiana and Port Arthur, Texas. The National Hurricane Center issued its last advisory at 11 a.m.

Although downgraded to a depression, the storm is still expected to bring lots of rain to Texas, Louisiana and Texas with lesser amounts in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. On the current forecast track, Cindy is expected to move into southeastern Arkansas early Friday and into Tennessee later that day. The storm will likely become a remnant before that time.

No new systems are on the map, and as of Thursday morning, it was quiet in the Atlantic Basin. The NHC is reporting on a number of tropical waves.

Potential for a busy season

The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 45 percent chance that the 2017 hurricane season will have above-normal activity, a 35 percent chance of near-normal activity and a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.

The seasonal Outlook calls for a 70 percent likelihood that 11-17 named storms will form this year with five-nine strengthening into hurricanes and two-four strengthening into a major hurricane.†An average season has 12 named storms with six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

The first storm of the season, Tropical Storm Arlene, formed over the eastern Atlantic in April. NHC issued its last advisory on Tropical Storm Bret Tuesday afternoon. Bret formed June 19 about 125 miles southeast of Trinidad. Cindy formed June 20 in the Gulf of Mexico about 265 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana and 355 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.†

Evacuation map changes

Pinellas County Emergency Management officials are urging residents to prepare now with special attention being given to evacuation zones and storm surge models, which have changed.

Officials announced June 1 that 85,193 parcels have changed evacuation levels. Of that number, 74,688 parcels changed to a lower level, 10,505 changed to a higher level, and 19,882 changed from a non-evacuation zone to an evacuation zone.

Storm surge models also were updated. Homes in an E evacuation zone now have the risk of experiencing storm surge up to 35 feet, D zone up to 28 feet, C zone up to 20 feet, B zone up to 15 feet, and an A zone up to 15 feet.

Residents and visitors can check evacuation levels at†www.p­inell­ascou­nty.o­rg/kn­owyou­rzone, by using the storm surge protector web-based application available at†www.p­inell­acoun­ty.or­g†and via the interactive voice response system at 727-453-3150.

For more hurricane preparedness information, visit†www.p­inell­ascou­nty/e­merge­ncy†or call 727-464-3800.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from through Nov. 30.

Suzette Porter is TBNís Pinellas County editor. She can be reached at webmaster@tbnweekly.com.
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