Tropical Storm Cindy pushes ashore in southern Louisiana

Taking a last-minute veer to the east and sparing much of the Houston area, Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall about 4 a.m. Thursday in southwestern Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service.

Harris County officials said Thursday morning that Cindy was, for the most part, "no different than a wet day" in Houston.

"For most people this morning there isn't any reason not to do what you're going to do this morning," said Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the county's flood control district.

The storm was moving toward the north at about 12 mph. Maximum sustained winds had decreased to about 40 mph.

Tropical storm warnings for Liberty, Harris, Galveston and Chambers counties were lifted about 5 a.m., the weather service reported.

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Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle

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