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Cindy causes power outages, warning extended

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Tropical Storm Cindy caused power outages Wednesday in Louisiana as the National Hurricane Center extended a tropical storm warning further east along the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Florida border.

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Cindy knocked out power to nearly 10,000 New Orleans-area residents early Wednesday, though most power has been restored, the Entergy Louisiana provider said.

The storm is forecast to make landfall early Thursday - likely along the border of Texas and Louisiana.

The NHC said Cindy has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and is moving northwest at a speed of 8 mph. The storm system is less than 170 miles south-southwest of Morgan City, La., and less than 225 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Texas' San Luis Pass strait to the Alabama-Florida border. Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain and the metropolitan New Orleans area are also under a warning.

The NHC warns of heavy rain that could generate life-threatening flash flooding in parts of the northern Gulf Coast.

"Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday," the NHC said in a statement. "This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas."

Tornadoes are possible on Wednesday from southern Louisiana to the western Florida panhandle. Cindy is the third named storm of the hurricane season.

Overnight, Tropical Storm Bret dissipated in the southern Caribbean.

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