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LIVE BLOG: Cindy downgraded to tropical depression

Cameron Parish Coastline (Source: KPLC) Cameron Parish Coastline (Source: KPLC)

Cindy has been downgraded to a tropical depression. As a result, the Tropical Storm Warnings have been discontinued. Click HERE for more.

Cindy remains in East Louisiana, near Many and the Texas border. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, and is moving north at 13 mph.

Cindy made landfall between Cameron and Port Arthur, TX, around 2 a.m. Thursday with winds of 40-45 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Here is the latest on the storm:

4:45 p.m.

All scheduled Calcasieu summer school classes will be held tomorrow, including middle school classes held as a make-up day, said Holly Holland, public information officer for the Calcasieu Parish School Board. 

4:18 p.m.

Around 900 people are without power in Calcasieu Parish, and nearly 700 in Jeff Davis Parish, as of 4:18 p.m. According to Entergy, many of the outages are because of high winds from Tropical Storm Cindy.

3:40 p.m.

A wind advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. this evening for the following parishes: Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Martin, Rapides, St. Landry, St. Mary, Vermilion, and Vernon.

There could be difficult driving conditions for high profile vehicles, especially on elevated roadways. Loose lawn objects, along with trash cans, could be blown around. Small tree limbs could be broken. Sporadic power outages are possible.

3:32 p.m.

Cameron Ferry II has resumed service, said Danny Lavergne, director of Cameron Parish's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

3:28 p.m.

The City of Lake Charles will resume normal business operations effective at 5 p.m. today. All City of Lake Charles administrative offices, including City Hall, will be open during regularly-scheduled business hours tomorrow.

City Transit services will begin running tomorrow at 5:45 a.m.

Summer Food Service Program and Recreation and Parks Department’s Summer Camps will also reopen tomorrow. 

City garbage and trash pickup normally scheduled for Thursday will be picked up on Friday, June 23. Garbage and trash normally picked up on Friday will be picked up on Saturday, June 24. 

"On behalf of all Lake Charles residents, I want to thank our public safety employees and public works crews that have worked during the past 24 hours to provide for the safety of our community," said Mayor Randy Roach. “This is another example of their commitment and dedication to their jobs as public servants."

3:05 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is expecting lingering coastal flooding problems to continue through at least the next cycle of high tide, after midnight tonight. Areas that have standing water due to the high tides from the past 24 hours will see this continue into Friday, before a slow improvement beyond that time.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected every day over the next week, thanks to a slowly approaching cold front.

For the latest on government office closures, service interruptions and community event cancellations, click HERE. For the latest on school closures, click HERE.

2:08 p.m.

Winds and rain are causing power outages in Calcasieu. Around 2,800 currently without power.

11:36 a.m.

Gov. John Bel Edwards asks state residents to continue to be vigilant since Cindy has not yet moved out of Louisiana. He, too, urges drivers to avoid driving into water.

11:34 a.m.

Head of OEP Dick Gremillion warns drivers: streets will flood quickly if we get any significant amount of rain.

There were 1,500 to 1,800 without power in Calcasieu - 545 remain without power.

11:30 a.m.

For a list of road closures around Southwest Louisiana, click HERE.

11:18 a.m.

CLECO is reporting between 2,500 to 2,600 customers are experiencing power outages this morning. Of those customers, less than 2 are in Allen and 20 in Vernon parishes. No word on when power will be restored.

10:52 a.m.

Beauregard Electric Co. outage map is showing more than 700 members experiencing power outages this morning: Allen - 399, Beauregard - 31, Calcasieu - 42 and Vernon - 3. No word on when power will be restored to these areas.

10:41 a.m.

Jeff Davis Electric Co. General Manager Mike Heinen said there are about 400 scattered outages reported throughout Southwest Louisiana, nothing major. Power outages should be restored by end of today.

8:30 a.m.

The Beauregard Watermelon Festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday has been canceled because of the weather.

8:23 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued an Areal Flood Advisory for Acadia, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion parishes till 10:15 a.m.

8:17 a.m.

The 7News StormTeam is predicting more Tropical Storm Cindy impacts through the day for Southwest Louisiana.

6:55 a.m.

The Chennault Airport in Lake Charles AWOS measured a sustained wind at 40 mph with a gust of 49 per the National Weather Service in Lake Charles.

6:12 a.m.

Unitech Training Academy's day classes are canceled today.

5:20 a.m.

Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect from High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana. The projected path puts the center of circulation near Toledo Bend by early afternoon as a tropical depression with winds of 35 mph.

4:20 a.m.

Watch 7News at Sunrise at 4:30 a.m for the latest on Tropical Storm Cindy. We will be live to show you how Cameron Parish residents are faring and let you know when we will see the next round of rain.

4:07 a.m.

The National Hurricane Center has confirmed the center of Tropical Storm Cindy passed between Cameron, Louisiana and Port Arthur, Texas around 2 a.m.

2:54 a.m.

The 7StormTeam believes the center circulation of Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall between Holly Beach and Johnson Bayou in Cameron Parish at about 2 a.m. Official word will be coming out from the National Hurricane Center at about 4 a.m. Click HERE for more.

2:50 a.m.

For the latest on road conditions, call Louisiana DOTD at 511 or visit their website, HERE and for the latest on river stages and forecast, click HERE.

2:42 a.m.

La. 27/La. 82 in Cameron Parish is experiencing high water from Tropical Storm Cindy. DOTD is asking drivers to avoid this route.

2:18 a.m.

La. 82 near the Cameron Ferry is experiencing high water and debris from Tropical Storm Cindy. DOTD crews are working to clear the roadway. Drivers are advised to find a different route.

2:04 a.m.

Our meteorologists are forecasting an expected high tide in the next hour or so in Cameron Parish.

12:55 a.m.

Due to inclement weather, the Cameron Ferry is now closed until further notice, the Cameron Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has announced.

12:53 a.m.

Due to high water in the Calcasieu River, Cameron Ferry II service is currently suspended until further notice. DOTD is advising drivers find alternate routes.

Wednesday, June 21

11:30 p.m.

A wind advisory is in effect until noon Friday for Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Evangeline, Rapides, St. Landry, and Vernon parishes. 

There could be difficult driving conditions for high-profile vehicles, especially on elevated roadways. Loose lawn objects, along with trash cans, could be blown around. Small tree limbs could be broken. Sporadic power outages are possible.

10:40 p.m.

For the latest on school closures, click HERE. For closures of government offices and government service interruptions, click HERE

9:33 p.m.

State offices in Cameron, Jeff Davis and Calcasieu will be closed Thursday, June 22.

8:48 p.m.

Drivers are asked to slow down when driving through water to avoid making wakes that will flood homes.

7:31 p.m.

Lake Charles Police asking residents to stay off the road unless absolutely necessary.

KPLC viewer reporting flooded streets Common at Alamo.

6:44 p.m.

O.H.S.E.P. is reporting major flooding on roadways in the Lake Charles area. Dick Gremillion of OHSEP says the usual areas that flood are starting to get deep. He advised to stay off roadways unless it is an emergency. Gremillion says I-210 at the Ryan Street east and westbound exits are CLOSED until further notice.

4:10 p.m.

Southwest Louisiana residents may experience power outages during the upcoming tropical storm that will pass through the area this week.

Here is the following list of power companies with links to their outage maps and contact information:

If you are experiencing power outages, please contact these local providers above for updates.

3 p.m.

Low-sitting vehicles are having difficulty accessing the Cameron Ferry due to high water from the Calcasieu River. The access aprons onto the ferry are inclined because of the water. Motorists in small vehicles and low-profile truck/trailer combinations should plan to use an alternate route until water begins to recede.

1 p.m.

The Lake Charles City Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday is being rescheduled for Monday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

12:20 p.m.

Water is over the road in Cameron Parish. Click HERE to see video or click HERE to view the Cameron coast at the jetties.

12:06 p.m.

Calcasieu Police Jury meeting scheduled for Thursday has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday. The Workforce Development Board meeting scheduled for Thursday has also been canceled.

All Calcasieu Police Jury offices will also be closed Thursday. The Police Jury’s Transit System’s services will be will suspended on Thursday with the exception of life- threatening medical transports.

First Methodist School will be closed Thursday.

Noon

Gov. John Bel Edwards is holding a news conference. Click HERE.

11:45 a.m.

The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau and Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point offices will close at noon on Wednesday. 

Trinity Baptist Church's Mother’s Day Out will be closed Thursday.?

11:22 a.m.

All Calcasieu Parish School Board facilities will be closed again on Thursday. All facilities will reopen Friday.

11 a.m.

Here are the latest closures:

  • Calcasieu Police Jury offices will close at noon Wednesday.
  • City of Sulphur offices will close at noon Wednesday.
  • The Calcasieu Police Jury Transit System will be suspended Wednesday and Thursday, with the exception of life-threatening medical transports.
  • Calcasieu Parish public libraries will close at noon on Wednesday.
  • Lake Charles City Transit will halt normal bus routes at noon Wednesday.
  • Click HERE for a complete list of closures.

10:50 a.m.

Governor John Bel Edwards will hold a noon news conference regarding Tropical Storm Cindy. We will carry it live.

7:55 a.m.

No rain. The wind continues on Holly Beach in Cameron Parish.

7:30 a.m.

From the National Weather Service in Lake Charles: A tropical storm warning and a flash flood watch are in effect for our entire region. Winds will be gusting to tropical storm force this morning in parts of South Central Louisiana, and extend into Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas this afternoon. Rain bands will be moving to the region Wednesday and Thursday, producing 3 to 5 inches of rain. Some street flooding is expected across the region due to the poor drainage conditions due to the saturated grounds and above normal tides. At the coast, tides will run 1.5 to 3 feet above normal today and Thursday. 

6:30 a.m.

Roadways are still open in Cameron Parish.

5:40 a.m.

The wind is increasing and light rain has begun at Holly Beach in Cameron Parish.

4 a.m.

No change in strength with Tropical Storm Cindy still packing winds of 60 mph. The system is expected to weaken a bit over the next 24 hours prior to landfall

For the latest on weather in Southwest Louisiana and the tropics, download our KPLC 7StormTeam Weather App. Click HERE for Apple devices or HERE for Android devices.

Do you have a plan and a checklist of essential items for the upcoming storm? If not, click HERE for a list of items you may need to stock in your emergency preparedness kit.

Sandbags also are available at several locations throughout Calcasieu Parish. For more info, click HERE.

Southwest Louisiana residents may experience power outages during the storm. Here is the following list of power companies with links to their outage maps and contact information:

For a list of school closures throughout Southwest Louisiana, click HERE and other storm-related closures, HERE.

For the latest on road conditions, call Louisiana DOTD at 511 or visit their website, HERE.

For the latest on river stages and forecast, click HERE.

Viewers can also send their storm-related pictures to news@kplctv.com

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