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Storm is a reminder to prep for hurricanes

A tropical system has its sights set on the the Gulf Coast.

The storm was officially named Cindy Tuesday, and it’s expected to bring heavy rain to Southwest Mississippi. A tropical storm warning has been issued from East Texas to the mouth of the Pearl River in Mississippi.

The storm is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain to the area this week. It is on track to reach the Louisiana coast late today.

Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with locally higher amounts in a short period of time may lead to flash flooding in our area, the National Weather Service said. Several rounds of this type of rain will occur today through Thursday night, NWS said.

While Cindy isn’t expected to become a hurricane, it’s a good reminder that we should all prepare for hurricane season.  The best way to prepare for a hurricane is to have an emergency supply kit ready.

That kit should include:

Flashlight and battery-powered radio with extra batteries.

Non-perishable food for at least three days.

One gallon of water, per person, per day for at least three days.

Toiletry items.

Pet food and pet supplies.

Medicine and prescription medication.

Copies of important family papers and documents.

Cash and travelers checks, enough to fill up your vehicle with fuel.