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Tropical Storm Cindy to make landfall Thursday

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Tropical Storm Cindy will make landfall early Thursday in southeast Texas or southwest Louisiana. The storm will continue to bring heavy rain and tropical storm winds to both states.

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Track

Once Cindy makes landfall, the storm will weaken, and what's left of it will turn northeast and combine with a cold front that will sweep across the southeast through the weekend.

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Metro Atlanta

The moisture associated with Cindy has already produced rain bands that reach all the way up to north Georgia and Atlanta. Moisture will continue to feed into Georgia and combine with a cold front to keep a daily chance of scattered rain in the forecast for Atlanta through the weekend.

Development

Cindy started as a tropical disturbance in the western Caribbean that became a tropical storm once it moved north into the Gulf of Mexico. The system produced bands of rain in Florida even before it was officially classified, and even prompted the National Hurricane Center to issue tropical storm watches and warnings before it developed, a process that's new this season. 

Above-average season forecast

An above average tropical season is expected this year with 11-17 named storms, while the average each year is usually 12. Tropical storm Arlene already developed prior to the official start of the season on June 1, which was followed by Bret and Cindy.

(MORE: Hurricane season expected to be above average)

No hurricanes have developed so far.

Hurricane season ends on November 30.

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