Tropical Storm Cindy downgraded to tropical depression after landfall

Danny Woods
June 24, 2017

Forecasters are trying to determine how many tornadoes touched down in Alabama as remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy moved north from the Gulf Coast.

At that time, the National Hurricane Center or NHC said that Cindy was centered about 30 miles (45 km) west-southwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Tropical storm Cindy has halted oil production in parts of the Gulf.

The National Weather Service says residents in a Tropical Storm Watch should review evacuation routes and review their disaster supply kit.

The system is moving north at 12 miles per hour, with winds at 40 miles per hour, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory.

Cindy will weaken to a tropical depression as it moves over land Thursday. A tropical storm warning was in effect along the coast from San Luis Pass, Texas, to Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Authorities warn driving rains could still cause risky flash floods.

The last tropical system to make landfall on the Texas coast was Tropical Storm Bill in June 2015. However, the weather service said there isn't a reason to be concerned in the Charlotte area.

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It is forecast to reach southeastern Arkansas early Friday and Tennessee later that day, the NHC said.

Tropical Depression Cindy spread drenching rains across the upper South on Friday, prompting flash flood warnings from the MS valley to West Virginia as emergency planners urged those in its path to keep a wary eye on the large storm system. 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. "It's getting to a risky level", Kerner said.

A 10-year-old boy died Wednesday in Fort Morgan, Alabama, when he was struck by a log that was being carried by a wave, the Baldwin County sheriff's office said.

Parts of southeast Louisiana, southern Alabama and southern MS are not in the forecast path but are expected to see a substantial amount of rain, which could cause life-threatening flash flooding.

The storm was on track to work its way north through Tennessee and cut across northern Virginia before heading back out to sea, Walker said.

Because of the flood, some streets in New Orleans were closed, and the mayor asked the residents to remove the cars from the road and not ride on standing water. "We haven't heard of water getting into homes", said Ashley Buller, an assistant in the parish emergency office.

Some threats could be lurking in the flood waters, Alabama state officials warned in a statement that floating colonies of fire ants could form in the gushing surge of water.

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