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Tropical Storm Cindy expected to weaken as it moves inland

Cindy crossed the coast between Cameron, La., and Port Arthur, Texas.at about 4 a.m.

A 10-year-old boy from Missouri died Wednesday after a log struck him outside a beachfront condo in Fort Morgan, Alabama, the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said.

Rain from Cindy left the New Orleans area drenched Tuesday night and Wednesday before the storm weakened into a tropical depression.

"It's still far out to say how much we'll get because some models are showing (Cindy) cooling off", said meteorologist Kathleen Carroll.

As of the NHC's latest update at 11 a.m. EDT, Cindy has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is about 165 miles northwest of Morgan City, La., moving north at a speed of 13 mph.

New Orleans, which closed its tropical storm warning before Cindy reached the city, saw some flooded streets.

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early Thursday.

No significant flooding or damage was reported in the Houston area, with the exception of some street flooding on Galveston Island.

While minor coastal flooding has occurred from Louisiana to western Florida and will subside, the greatest ongoing impact from Cindy will be the risk of major fresh water flooding in the Deep South and other parts of the eastern United States.

Matching early forecasts, Cindy is expected to be absorbed by a cold front sweeping from the west by Saturday or Sunday.

By midday Thursday the storm had cut Gulf of Mexico oil production by 16 percent, representing around 288,000 barrels per day of output, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said. The system continues to pull moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and is fueling bands of heavy rain and storms throughout the Southeast.

Coastal roads and some buildings flooded.

"Fortunately Alabama dodged the brunt of the storm", Ivey said.

A state of emergency was declared in Alabama and Louisiana Wednesday, and portions of the Gulf Coast are under tornado watches and flash flood watches and warnings associated with Cindy.

Wind gusts of 54 miles per hour were reported in one Louisiana city.

As a result, Mother Nature left behind very minor damage which included a one fallen tree and few downed power lines.

Tropical Depression Cindy crept northward across Louisiana toward Arkansas after churning ashore as a tropical storm early Thursday, weakening steadily but still spreading heavy rain and thunderstorms over hundreds of miles of territory from east Texas through a broad swath of the Southeast. Potentially life-threatening flooding remains the biggest concern along the Gulf Coast and in parts of the South through Friday.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Thursday evening. Some road flooding has also been reported in far southern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.

Floating colonies of fire ants could form in flood waters as Tropical Storm Cindy trudges inland.



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