In the Gulf of Mexico, Potential Tropical Cyclone #3 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Cindy. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph. Motion to the northwest is expected at around 10 mph. On the forecast track, 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. This system is not forecast to directly impact Hernando County however, locally heavy rain and gusty winds can be expected, along with tides of 1 to 2 feet above normal.
* Widespread rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is possible today and Wednesday. Heavier rains are more likely along the coast. Minor street flooding and ponding on roadways may occur in coastal and inland low lying areas.
* Winds of 15 to 25 mph will be common over Gulf waters, with higher gusts possible in thunderstorms. Hazardous boating conditions and high seas are likely.
* Minor coastal flooding may occur Wednesday afternoon along the Nature Coast, as southerly winds increase along with high tide.
* Coastal residents should be alert for statements or warnings from the NWS, and be ready to act to protect life and property. Monitor tides at: https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/
* Mariners should heed warnings on small craft advisories.
* Residents living in low lying, flood prone areas should take necessary precautions to protect life and property.
* “Turn around, don’t drown”. Do not drive through flooded areas.
* All residents are urged to actively monitor local news or the National Weather Service at (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tbw/).
* Report damages promptly to the Emergency Operations Center at 352-754-4083.