Tropical Storm Cindy, July 2005|
Preliminary - updated 2005/07/18
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...The remnants of Cindy had a minimal impact on Central North Carolina...
...The preferred location for the development of tornadoes was close to Cindy’s center of circulation
and in close proximity to a west to east surface boundary just south of the Virginia – North Carolina state line...
...Warning decision criteria for tornadoes associated with Cindy were modified in real-time based on situational awareness...
Tropical Depression three developed in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, late in the
afternoon on Sunday, July 3, 2005, 145 miles south of the Cozumel, Mexico. Tropical
Depression three moved northwest at around 10 MPH, and made landfall on the east coast
of the Yucatan Peninsula in the early morning hours Monday, July 4, 2005. The depression
emerged in the southern Gulf of Mexico during the day Monday, and was named Cindy, the
3rd tropical storm of the Atlantic season at 400 AM CDT, Tuesday,
July 5, 2005, approximately 255 south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Cindy
was moving north near 15 mph, with a minimum pressure of 1002 MB. Cindy was located 125 miles
southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River early Tuesday afternoon. Maximum sustained winds
had increased to near 60 MPH, while the pressure had dropped to 1000 MB.
By 7 PM CDT Tuesday, July 5, 2005, Cindy’s minimum pressure was down to
992 MB, and maximum sustained winds up to near 70 mph. Cindy was located
about 55 miles south-southwest of Grand Isle Louisiana, moving
north-northeast near 15 MPH. Cindy moved onshore the southeastern
Louisiana coast shortly after 10 PM CDT Tuesday night, July 5, 2005,
with maximum sustained winds near 70 MPH.
Cindy was downgraded to a tropical depression as it moved northeast across central
Alabama into northern Georgia Wednesday and Wednesday night, July 6, 2005. Very heavy
rain bands associated with the system produced flash flooding over portions of north
Georgia including Atlanta.
The remnant low pressure system continued moving northeast during Thursday, July 6, 2005,
tracking along the eastern slopes of the Appalachians of North Carolina. The circulation
associated with the remnant low combined with a frontal boundary over western and northern
North Carolina to produce several high precipitation supercell
thunderstorms. These thunderstorms formed along the boundary and east of the remnant low pressure system track during Thursday afternoon and evening. Several of these storms produced tornadoes. The low pressure system moved into Virginia Thursday evening and northeast across Virginia reaching the northern Chesapeake Bay Friday morning July 8, 2005. The remnant low finally moved northeast and off the New Jersey
coast on Friday night, July 8, 2005.
Additional details may become available at the NWS offices directly affected by the storm...
The National Weather Service Greenville/Spartanburg