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Tropical Depression Cindy expected to drench Tennessee, Kentucky

Tropical Depression Cindy expected to drench Tennessee, Kentucky”

As the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy are expected to drench parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia today, residents in parts of Alabama will be picking up the pieces.

Authorities continued to warn that driving rains spinning off from the storm could still cause unsafe flash floods.

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall Wednesday, bringing with it rain and gusty winds.

Authorities continued to warn that driving rains being pulled out of the Gulf could still cause risky flash floods. Visiting from MS like he does every year, Jeff Rosmond says he couldn't see the waves from his porch during the worst of the storm, since the water and sand rose two feet in front of his house, and blocked the view.

Sheriff's deputies have responded to almost 40 rescue calls of people swimming in the gulf as the tropical storm brought heavy rain, high winds, and even water spouts to the Florida panhandle.

The swimmers entered the water even though Panama City Beach was flying double-red flags, warning of risky conditions and extremely rough surf.

Perhaps most terrifyingly, Alabama officials have warned residents to watch out for floating colonies of fire ants, which can clump together into angry masses during floods. 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.

Tropical Storms Cindy is off the coast of Louisiana with sustained winds around 50 miles per hour.

The center of the storm hit just south of Lake Charles, Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical Depression Cindy spread drenching rains over the upper South on Friday, triggering flash flood warnings from the MS valley into West Virginia, a state still recovering from deadly flooding one year ago.

The storm is expected to create a risk of flooding and isolated tornadoes on Friday.

Crews in Memphis cleared storm drains in advance to help prevent street flooding before the storm arrived. Most of the severe weather was to the east of the storm. Given the abundant moisture across the region, rain may be heavy at times, and meteorologists can not rule out localized flooding. Cindy also caused widespread highway and street flooding and several short-lived tornadoes, but no other deaths or serious injuries were reported as of midday Thursday.

Flooding continues to be an issue across the central gulf coast.

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. It included drenching rains that posed flash flood threats, strong tidal surges, waterspouts and reports of possible tornadoes.



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