Storm Cindy continues to cause destruction

Frederick Owens
June 24, 2017

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.

"All arms of the state's emergency preparedness and response apparatus are taking Tropical Storm Cindy seriously, and we are calling on all Louisianans throughout the state to do so as well", Edwards said in a statement.

The downgrade put an end to the tropical storm watches and warnings that tens of millions of Americans were living under.

Rain bands spinning off of Tropical Depression Cindy spread drenching rains across the Southeast and into the Midwest on Friday, triggering scattered flash flood warnings in several states including West Virginia, whose residents are still recovering from deadly floods one year ago.

Gulf Coast states were in for a third day of rough weather as Tropical Storm Cindy sloshed ashore early Thursday in southwestern Louisiana.

The storm's only reported fatality occurred on Wednesday, when a 10-year-old boy was struck by a log dislodged by a large wave as he stood near the shore in Fort Morgan, Alabama, the Baldwin County coroner said.

A liquor store and a fast-food restaurant were among the damaged businesses in Fairfield, Alabama, west of Birmingham, said meteorologist Jason Holmes of the National Weather Service. "And, ratings are good", Clewley added of the local TV news outlets.

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"Cindy is expected to produce rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with isolated maximum amounts up to 12 inches over eastern Texas, western and central Louisiana and southern and eastern Arkansas through Friday morning." the National Hurricane Center said.

Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches, over southern MS, southern and central Alabama and extreme western Florida Panhandle are expected through Friday morning. "I don't foresee any problems with what's going on". "And we regret that so much", the governor said.

"If the water rises, they kind of all grab a hold of each other, and they can do this for several days, until they reach higher ground", Davis said.

In Hixson, a downed tree hit a utility pole on Comet Trail, setting both ablaze, according to Hamilton County 911 radio traffic.

In much of Upstate New York, which has had a very wet spring, it would take only 1 to 2 inches of rain in an hour to cause flash flooding.

The showers and thunderstorms could continue overnight into Saturday, bringing heavy rain, but accumulation should be half an inch or less.

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

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