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Cindy brings rain, not flooding, to Lufkin area

Cindy brings rain, not flooding, to Lufkin area”

Britt Singletary walks down Brandon James Drive to his auto parked outside the Wells Ferry Landing subdivision in Biloxi, Miss., on Friday, June 23, 2017.

The Tropical Storm Warning has ended for Orleans Parish, but remains for lower Jefferson Parish.

Those storms are likely to start in early afternoon and move west to east across Upstate New York.

Forecasters say areas south and east of Little Rock could see 2 to 5 inches of rain through Saturday morning.

Flash flood watches were in effect in much of Kentucky. The severe weather was arriving on the anniversary of torrential rains and flooding that left 23 people dead in West Virginia previous year.

Forecasters hoped for the best.

In Mississippi, the city of Biloxi declared a state of emergency because of the flood risk. High surf and some coastal flooding are also expected.

Here's a rundown of the timing and impacts for Cindy. "We still think there's a heavy rain potential really through Thursday night and early Friday".

Emergency crews helped some people from stranded vehicles in Muncie, Indiana, including a almost submerged SUV at a railroad underpass.

The rain should end before noon on Saturday, with the rest of the weekend looking mostly dry. Friday's high will reach 85. The school district's superintendent said about 10 classrooms had been damaged.

Structural damage was reported near the Western Hills Mall with at least one injury.

Cindy weakened to a tropical depression as it came onshore in Cameron Parish early Thursday.

As a slow-moving tropical storm that formed Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, Cindy was blamed for one death: authorities said a 10-year-old boy vacationing with relatives on the Alabama coast was struck by a log brought in by the stormy surf. The threat for localized flash flooding and isolated tornadoes will continue. The flooding generally occurred in areas where it's expected during major weather events, including New Orleans areas outside the levee protection system, spots on the North Shore that are susceptible to flooding, and coastal towns.

Should these storms linger for more than 2 hours, small stream flooding would ensue.

"Really, it's places like Palestine, Athens, Canton and Paris that have a chance of seeing rain today", said National Weather Service meteorologist Bianca Villanueva.

Businesses in Ensley, AL, which is west of Birmingham in Jefferson County, AL, took significant damage after a tornado touched down.

Crews in Memphis cleared storm drains to help prevent street flooding before the storm arrived.

Still, the storm barely registered a blip for some in Memphis. The storm this year is different and has a lot of moisture but less energy, she said. During this time, we will remain in a very moist/tropical air mass with lots of rain and a few thunderstorms. In a Tropical Storm Warning, the threat is more imminent, and residents should stand by for evacuation orders as well as check in with family and friends. She added that's not expected.



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