Remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy Brings Heavy Rainfall

Remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy Brings Heavy Rainfall”

Some coastal areas in Texas and Louisiana are under a tropical storm warning and forecasters are warning of potential heavy flooding as Tropical Storm Cindy moved inland from the Gulf of Mexico Thursday morning.

The agency is predicting maximum sustained wind speeds of close to 40 mph and says "tropical-storm-force winds" will extend around the center of the storm by as many as 70 miles to the southeast and southwest of its center.

"On the forecast track, the center will move into southeastern Arkansas early Friday, and into Tennessee later on Friday".

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, the largest privately owned crude storage terminal in the United States, suspended vessel offloading operations ahead of the storm but said Tuesday it expected no interruptions to deliveries from its hub in Clovelly, Louisiana.

In Alabama, where Gov. Kay Ivey urged residents to stay alert for unsafe weather, two tornado warnings were issued in the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa areas.

Between Wednesday and Thursday morning, the storm could bring up to 12 inches of rain to some coastal areas of Texas and Louisiana. He was among authorities stressing that the storm's danger wasn't limited to the coast.

A 10-year-old boy died Wednesday in Fort Morgan, Alabama, when he was struck by a log that was being carried by a wave, the Baldwin County sheriff's office said.

If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.

In Knoxville, Tennessee, the power-generating Tennessee Valley Authority, said it was drawing down water levels on nine lakes it controls along the Tennessee River and its tributaries in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky, anticipating heavy runoff from Cindy's remnants.

As the rain lets up in New Orleans, Tropical Storm Cindy is still taking its toll on drivers testing the water on the road.

The storm will make landfall along the coast between Texas and Louisiana by Thursday morning.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from San Luis Pass, Texas, to the Alabama-Florida border.

The Houston area was expected to get a couple inches of rain through Thursday. A flash flood watch was issued for parts of East Texas.

Some threats could be lurking in the flood waters, Alabama state officials warned in a statement that floating colonies of fire ants could form in the gushing surge of water.

State offices in five regions of Louisiana remained closed Thursday.

John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in the state in response to flash flooding that threatened the state.

Cindy made landfall early on Thursday, June 22 near the Texas/Louisiana border with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. There were also reports of stranded motorists across Lake Charles.

Weather forecasters are expecting a third day of rough weather for Gulf Coast states as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches. Storm spotters reported a tornado just north of Onycha, Alabama on Wednesday evening, but no damage or injuries have been reported.

There will be a little more cloud cover through out the day with spotty showers and storms developing in the afternoon.

In coastal Hancock County, Mississippi, more than 300 streets were flooded, CNN affiliate WVUE-TV in New Orleans reported, citing emergency management officials.

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