Flooding and road closures stretched from east Texas into northwestern Florida after Cindy made landfall early on Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas border and weakened to a tropical depression, the National Weather Service said. Cindy is moving north at 13 miles per hour, packing winds of 35 mph with a minimum pressure of 997 mb. For folks to the south and east of Cincinnati, the heaviest rain is expected during the late afternoon and early evening. The service also warned that the storm could produce a few tornadoes on Thursday in portions of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Gov. Edwards said no additional briefings are expected to be necessary to update the public on what is now Tropical Depression Cindy.
"We are certainly not out of the woods yet".
Alabama saw a tornado in Fairfield, a small city in Birmingham's metropolitan area, less than 10 miles west of the city proper.
As tropical storm Cindy is heading toward the Gulf Coast states, millions of people are bracing for heavy rain and potential flash flooding.
With Tropical Storm Cindy moving inland, the Louisiana National Guard wants residents to know they are ready if assistance is needed. National Weather Service forecasters estimated the storm had dumped anywhere from 2 to 10 inches of rain on various spots along the Gulf Coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida panhandle as of Wednesday. The boy's father was outside, but standing several feed away attending to other children. "The wave hit the log knocking the log into and over his son".
Cindy is predicted to sweep through northwest Louisiana before crossing into Arkansas on Thursday night.
"One of our safety concerns is alligators", said local neighborhood watch organizer Erin West.
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"This is definitely the worst I've seen it so far".
It is also expected to dump a total of 6 to 9 inches of rain, with as much as 12 inches in isolated spots, over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama and western portions of the Florida Panhandle through Thursday. The lakes are Fort Loudoun, Watts Bar, Chickamauga, Nickajack, Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson, Pickwick and Kentucky.
In Galveston, Texas, beach patrol rescued tourists after their vehicle was stuck on the beach. Buckles said this situation, which is often overlooked, is one of the biggest threats NWS faces each year. The ship made it safely to port Wednesday morning. The season got an early start with Tropical Storm Arlene in April. He said flash flood watches and tornado watches will likely continue into tonight and possibly Friday.
Numerous coastal roads and highways flooded and there were scattered reports of power outages and building damage from wind or water.
Emergency officials are monitoring the forecast for the greater Charleston area where heavy rain is expected, according to the Kanawha County Commission.
"We're not done with the threat yeat", Stefkovich said.
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