Alabama warns of floating fire ants in floods
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 0:00
As per AccuWeather's report, the storm is now heading toward the north-northwest and according to their hurricane expert, Dan Kottlowski, the storm's center will likely make a landfall near the border of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday morning. "It's not been as bad as we had feared". It's possible that river flooding may extend beyond the Flash Flood Watch.
According to the weather service, the Lehigh Valley is likely to see the bulk of any precipitation from Cindy hold off until after midnight Friday into Saturday.
"If there's not so much rain, it could end up being beneficial", corn and rice farmer David Hillman said in Almyra, Arkansas, 55 miles (90 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock.
"We should have a comfortable weekend coming up if we can just get through tonight and tomorrow", Greg Meffert, lead forecaster in the Paducah office, said Thursday evening.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm warning from High Island, Texas, to Morgan City, Louisiana, has been discontinued, hours after the storm made landfall.
The storm is expected to dump a total of 6 to 9 inches of rain, with as much as 12 inches in isolated spots, over southeastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama and western portions of the Florida Panhandle through Thursday.
Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible today with some of the heavier rain bands that move onshore with a flash flood watch in effect through this evening.
Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford tells the News Herald deputies responded to 37 calls regarding swimmers in the Gulf on Tuesday as the storm brought heavy rain to Florida's Panhandle. "There will be the possibility of a few weak, brief short-lived tornadoes with gusty winds also being a threat with any stronger storms". "A couple inches? Yes".
In southwest Louisiana, not far from where Cindy came ashore before dawn, trucks navigated knee-high water in the streets of Cameron Parish - but there was no serious flooding. It will not being raining all day, but when it does rain it will be heavy at times.
A few showers remain possible overnight, but most of the night will be dry.
Some localized flooding may still occur, TVA officials said.
"One of our safety concerns is alligators", said local neighborhood watch organizer Erin West.
Floating colonies of fire ants could form in flood waters as Tropical Storm Cindy trudges inland. "We have several alligators in the nearby ponds and it's springtime and they like to move around during springtime and everything".