Tropical Storm Cindy forms in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Cindy has formed near the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center announced early Tuesday afternoon.

Heavy rainfall is spreading across much of the central Gulf Coast.

Tropical Storm Cindy is the third tropical storm of 2017.

The National Hurricane Center says Cindy is expected to resume a motion toward the northwest around 7 mph and is expected to continue through Wednesday night.

“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,” the National Hurricane Center said.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.