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Cindy Expected To Drench Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia

Cindy Expected To Drench Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginiaā€¯

The National Weather Service said a combination of the remnants of former Tropical Storm Cindy and severe weather from a cold front expected to push through Friday night raise the risk of flooding late in the week.

Cindy was a tropical storm when it made landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border about 3 a.m. CT (0800 GMT) Thursday, then weakened as it traveled north.

The National Weather Service says the energy associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy are lifting through the mid-Atlantic region, with showers and thunderstorms expected thanks to the humid and unstable air mass. Winds of around 35 miles per hour accompanies the heavy rainfall as Cindy moves inland at a speed of around 13 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters say Cindy, the onetime tropical storm since downgraded to a depression, is weakening as it heads inland.

Tropical Storm CIndy made landfall along the Texas-Louisiana coastline but any significant rainfall is expected to stay well to the east of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Alabama was also the scene of the storm's only reported casualty, which happened when a log washed ashore killing a 10-year-old boy.

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

In addition to dropping massive amounts of rain, Cindy spun up tornadoes in several states, including near Birmingham, AL.

Elsewhere, the MS coast received some of the heaviest rain. The severe weather system, which is blamed for some coastal flooding in the Deep South earlier in the week, tornadoes and one death, was rumbling closer to the heavily populated East Coast.

In Alabama, a statewide emergency was declared by the Governor, referring to the National Meteorological Service's forecasts of a violent sudden flood that was possible on Thursday, as tropical moisture moved north to the state. In Gulfport, Mississippi, Kathleen Bertucci said heavy rains Wednesday sent about 10 inches (250 millimeters) of water into her business selling granite countertops.

"It is not necessarily normal to have as much rain as we've had this month", National Weather Service meteorologist Keith Stellman said.

Tropical Depression Cindy may be on the way out, but that doesn't mean our heavy rain potential is over. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the Pine Belt as well as Adams, Franklin, Lincoln, Pike, Walthall, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Simpson, Smith, and Scott Counties until tomorrow evening at 7 PM.

Meanwhile, Cindy's intermittent wind and rain weren't just limited to the coast.

Some threats could be lurking in the flood waters, Alabama state officials warned: Floating colonies of fire ants could form in the gushing surge of water, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said in a statement. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice also signed a new law this week to coordinate the state's flood mitigation and response efforts through a new state office.



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