New Orleans residents were told to expect about six inches of rain from the storm, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a press conference on Wednesday, about half the amount previously forecast.
People sit in a auto and watch the waves on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain as weather from Tropical Storm Cindy, in the Gulf of Mexico, impacts the region in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
State and local officials in Louisiana and MS were mulling the possibility of emergency declarations.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles, mainly to the north and east of the center.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency because of the threat of torrential rains and other severe weather, including unsafe high tides and rip currents.
The storm system as maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour as of 1 pm CDT on June 21, and is located about 170 southwest of Morgan City, La., and 160 southeast of Galveston, Texas.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the State Operations Center on Tuesday to raise its readiness level from level four/normal conditions to level three/increased readiness. Double red flags snapped in the wind on the public beach at Gulf Shores in her state, warning visitors to stay out of the pounding surf.
Police say flooding already is being reported on Dauphin Island south of Mobile, Alabama.
The storm will make landfall along the coast between Texas and Louisiana by Thursday morning.
Cindy could drop between 6 and 9 inches (15-23 cm) of rain and bring as much as 12 inches to some parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and cause "life-threatening flash flooding", the NHC said. The main road leading to the island's narrow western end is partially covered with water, and the city is moving vehicles and equipment to higher ground.
The storm could cause a surge of up to 3 feet (0.91 meters) in isolated areas and possibly spawn tornados from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, the NHC said.
In Mississippi, the city of Biloxi declared a state of emergency saying it's one of the areas in the state with the greatest risk of flooding.
Forecasters say a tropical storm warning has now been extended further westward for a disturbance in the central Gulf and it now covers an area from High Island, Texas, to the mouth of the Pearl River between Louisiana and Mississippi.
Some minor coastal flooding is likely.
Broad Avenue at USA 90, Camp Avenue at U.S. 90, Fournier Avenue at United States 90, 42nd Avenue at USA 90, 15th Street from 32nd Avenue to 34th Avenue, Pass Road at 42nd Avenue, 20th Street at Fournier Avenue and Finley Street to USA 90 are all seeing high water, Bromen said.
Earl Eues, an emergency official in Terrebonne, said the closing of locks and flood gates began Monday and would be completed Tuesday evening.
Louisiana and MS parishes and counties made sandbags available to people who wanted to protect homes and businesses. We will see a good chance of rain through the weekend. He said the Escatawpa River, at 15 feet (4.5 meters), would typically be lower than 3 feet (1 meter) at this time of year. Bret had degenerated into a tropical wave by Tuesday afternoon.
This version corrects the location of the Escatawpa Hollow Campground in Alabama.