Heavy rain, winds, tornado warnings as Cindy heads inland

Claudine Rigal
Juin 24, 2017

Memphis Light Gas and Water reported that as many as 10,000 customers were without power Friday morning, and local media reports said heavy rain and winds also caused traffic problems there as the storm raked its way over the state. "This storm is going to affect the entire state", he said. Double red flags snapped in the wind on the public beach at Gulf Shores in her state, warning visitors to stay out of the pounding surf. And workers on Grand Isle, Louisiana's barrier island community south of New Orleans, reinforced a rock levee protecting the island's vulnerable west side. Ford says he'd rather people use common sense and not get in the water.

We continue to see high water levels on the southern reaches of the Amite, Tickfaw, and Tangipahoa rivers due to the persistent south and southeast wind, which is not expected to end until the weekend.

"The storm is expected to move up into Louisiana Thursday where it will be absorbed by an approaching cold front moving in from the Plains", Guy said.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that Louisiana is "not out of the woods yet" as the remnants of Cindy continue to move north across the state. Any storm that develops Saturday could produce heavy downpours.

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the State Operations Center to upgrade to "increased readiness" starting at noon Wednesday.

Meanwhile the Gulf Coast is still suffering from the effects of Cindy, a former tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico that crawled ashore early Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas state line. A man shields himself from the rain while riding his bicycle on the intersection of St. Emmanuel and Leeland streets Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Houston as Tropical Storm Cindy hit Southeast Texas and th. Cindy also caused widespread highway and street flooding and several short-lived tornadoes, but no other deaths or serious injuries were reported as of midday Thursday. Earlier, authorities had issued warnings of possible tornadoes in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Wind gusts of 45 to 55 miles per hour were clocked along the Alabama, Louisiana and MS coasts on Jun. 20-22. But the main danger appeared to be from rain. But Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged residents not to be complacent.

AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said Cindy, which formed Tuesday, was moving slowly because it was trapped between a strong high pressure system blamed for blazing heat in the Southwest and another strong high over the Atlantic.

Authorities warn driving rains could still cause risky flash floods.

No reports of damage or flooding were reported to the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office, Chief Deputy Bobby Igo Jr., said.

"We call them, we text them, we Facebook them, we Twitter, them".

"It's pretty disgusting, but I don't have flood insurance because they took me out of the flood zone", said Bertucci, whose store is near a bayou. Twelve inches alone have come down on Ocean Springs, Mississippi. "Wave heights on lower Delaware Bay are expected to be 1 to 2 feet". "Mostly a few downed trees, power outages".

This version corrects the location of the Escatawpa Hollow Campground in Alabama.

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