Tropical storm Cindy forms in the Gulf

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NEW ORLEANS — As expected, Tropical Storm Cindy has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm is expected to bring anywhere from 3-12 inches of rain to the greater New Orleans area, with coastal flooding likely due to storm surges.

It’s expected to make landfall Wednesday. Although the cone of the storm is heading toward Acadiana, officials warn that the impacts of the storm will be felt hundreds of miles on both sides of the cone.

NWS Meteorologist Ken Graham also stressed that any shift in the storm’s path — even if it’s just 20 or 30 miles — will drastically change the impacts the storm will have in the greater New Orleans area.

Flash flooding, tornadoes and other hazards could arise as a result of Tropical Storm Cindy. Check back with and WGNO’s Facebook page for live updates throughout the day.

Here’s the 4:15 p.m. update from WGNO’s Martha Spencer: