Storm Cindy continues to cause destruction

Claudine Rigal
Juin 25, 2017

The path of the storm could still change, but any movement would likely place it further north of Bluefield.

The actual remnant circulation of Cindy passes through the Mid-Atlantic in the very early-morning hours Saturday and could unload some very heavy rainfall in a short time. Photos of damage near the town of Fairfield began to emerge on social media showing several businesses ripped apart. The store was destroyed.

"We should have a comfortable weekend coming up if we can just get through tonight and tomorrow", Greg Meffert, lead forecaster in the Paducah, Kentucky office of the National Weather Service, said earlier.

From the Florida Panhandle to eastern Texas, residents and government officials along the northern Gulf Coast kept an eye on slow-moving Tropical Storm Cindy, which the National Weather Service said posed a threat of "life-threatening flash flooding". Leakesville has received more than 8 inches (200 millimeters) of rain over the past five days.

Generally expect 0.25 to 0.75 inches of rain from this initial round.

The storm turned deadly in Alabama where a 10-year-old boy on vacation with his family was hit by debris thrown by a huge wave as it crashed against the shore. He died on the scene.

Swollen by heavy rains and flowing quickly, the Chickasawhay River was out of its banks near the southeastern MS town of Leakesville and almost 9 feet (3 meters) above flood level with the water still rising. "Heavy rain (amounts in excess of 1 inch in 24 hours) is anticipated for parts of the Southern Plains, lower MS and Tennessee Valleys, southeast, and southern Appalachians Jun 24-25".

The high waves generated by Cindy prompted a distress call from a sinking shrimp trawler about 80 miles off the coast of Galveston early Wednesday. A Coast Guard cutter escorted the vessel to Freeport, Texas.

In nearby Biloxi, a waterspout moved ashore Wednesday morning. The area experienced flooding and road closures, WLOX reported.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says two boat launches at Pointe-aux-Chenes (point oh SHEN) Wildlife Management Area near Houma (HOH-much) are closed because of flooding. Summer thunderstorms in the area can easily produce that much rain in a short period of time, with or without a tropical storm around.

Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches, over southern MS, southern and central Alabama and extreme western Florida Panhandle are expected through Friday morning.

A storm surge of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is expected along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area.

Forecasters warn that heavy rainfall will spread over the Tennessee and OH valleys Thursday.

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