Cindy leaves tornado in its wake; injuries, damage in Alabama

Claudine Rigal
Juin 25, 2017

Cindy made landfall between Cameron, LA and Port Arthur, TX, early Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm's only reported fatality occurred on Wednesday, when a 10-year-old boy was struck by a log dislodged by a large wave as he stood near the shore in Fort Morgan, Alabama, the Baldwin County coroner said.

National Weather Service forecasters estimated the storm had dumped anywhere from 2 to 10 inches (50 to 250 millimeters) of rain on various spots along the Gulf Coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida panhandle as of Wednesday.

Forecasters say Cindy, the onetime tropical storm since downgraded to a depression, is weakening as it heads inland.

The system is moving north at 12 miles per hour, with winds at 40 miles per hour, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory.

Cindy will weaken to a tropical depression as it moves over land Thursday.

The National Weather Service said Friday afternoon that Cindy was winding down and had lost tropical characteristics as heavy rain potential moved east across the Ohio Valley and into Pennsylvania with severe thunderstorms forming to the south.

Cindy is expected to lose strength as the day goes on, but is already blamed for at least one death.

Sheriff's deputies have responded to almost 40 rescue calls of people swimming in the gulf as the tropical storm brought heavy rain, high winds, and even water spouts to the Florida panhandle.

Meteorologist Ryan Rogers says heavy rain early Thursday pushed up projections.

Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 8 inches over southern MS, southern and central Alabama and western Florida Panhandle are expected through Friday morning as well. Last June, torrential rains in West Virginia claimed 23 lives and memories of that disaster remained fresh at somber ceremonies honoring the dead.

Tropical Storm Cindy has made landfall in southwestern Louisiana, bringing rain and the threat of flash flooding and tornadoes. Cindy or its remnants are forecast to move into Arkansas early Friday, then into Tennessee.

Tropical Storm Cindy has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but the unsafe storm is still causing major damage in the Southeast U.S.

As a result, some local roads are expected to face minor flooding, and some could be temporarily closed, the weather service said.

In northern Gilmer County, which contains mountains as well as flat rural farmland, emergency responders are breaking out their water rescue gear, in preparation for possible flooding Friday and this weekend. The latest forecast path shows the center of storm north of the Tennessee state line, near Bowling Green, 7 p.m., CDT, tonight.

Strong winds and standing water are still affecting areas like Myrtle Grove in Plaquemines Parish.

With Cindy's remnants a threat over a huge area, many just hoped severe weather would pass them without harm.

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