West Virginia recalls deadly flood as Cindy near

Alvin Kelly
June 27, 2017

The situation in the states of the U.S. that faces the Gulf of Mexico is awful and all including the residents as well the officials are all keeping an eye on the stretch between Florida Panhandle to Eastern Texas.

The Storm Prediction Center said severe weather remains a threat from the Southeast as far as western Pennsylvania as remnants of Cindy push northeastward.

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. Cindy also caused widespread coastal highway and several short-lived tornadoes.

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

Water levels rise after a combination of high tide and the rain from Tropical Storm Cindy in Lake Charles, La., Thursday, June 22, 2017. For the afternoon and evening there is the slightest of risks of an isolated tornado or two in storms even into our region.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy provided a good, soaking rain across much of Webster Parish Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Gulf coast was still suffering from the effects of Cindy that landed ashore early Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas state line.

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Initial reports earlier this week called for northwest Alabama to receive 5 inches of rainfall, but that expectation has diminished tremendously as Cindy made landfall at the Gulf of Mexico and moved inward.

Still, the storm barely registered attention for some.

National Weather Service forecasters estimated the storm had dumped anywhere from 2 to 10 inches (50 to 250 millimeters) of rain on various spots along the Gulf Coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida panhandle.

Millions in the path of the storm, bracing for what Cindy could bring next.

The National Weather Service says an EF-2 twister with winds as strong as 120 miles per hour (120 kph) struck just outside Birmingham on Thursday.

"I had heard Tropical Storm Cindy mentioned", Clewley said. But she added she saw no damage in her neighbourhood and thought there was much hype in advance because officials feel it's better that people be overprepared than underprepared. "And, ratings are good", Clewley added of the local TV news outlets.

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