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7/6/05-Bay St. Louis, MS

Cindy Pummels Gulf Coast With Rain, Wind

Tropical Storm Cindy came ashore in southern Louisiana early this morning with punishing winds of 70 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The powerful tropical storm was expected to dump up to 10 inches of rain on the Gulf Coast and Southeastern United States as it moves inland. Evacuations have been ordered for some flood prone areas along the Mississippi coast.

An Entergy spokesman says 37-thousand customers across southeastern Louisiana, including New Orleans, have lost power. Workers are being called in from surrounding states to help start repairing power lines and poles.  After landfall, Cindy's winds weakened from 70 mph to 60 mph. Heavy rain and thunderstorms began pounding the Gulf Coast on Tuesday afternoon, with tornado watches and flood warnings posted as far east as the Florida Panhandle. Residents are also keeping a watchful eye on Tropical Storm Dennis, which is brewing in the Caribbean and may arrive in the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend. 

 Dennis, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, was centered 275 miles south-southeast of Port au-Prince, Haiti and was 475 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, moving west-northwest at nearly 16 mph. Forecasters predicted the storm would stay on that general path for the next 24 hours.

Authorities in Haiti posted a tropical storm warning and hurricane watch along that country's southwestern peninsula. Dennis' formation makes July 5 the earliest date in recorded tropical storm history that four named storms have formed in the Atlantic basin, the hurricane center said. Tropical storms Arlene and Bret preceded Dennis and Cindy, but neither reached hurricane strength.

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