Cindy expected to drench Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia

Tropical storm Cindy moved inland near the Louisiana-Texas border on Thursday morning, bringing heavy rainfall and life-threatening conditions over the northern Gulf Coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

As the storm moves northwest, the Gulf Coast will continue seeing heavy rains, winds of 40-50 miles per hour and increased moisture, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

"Regardless it is the rain, if anything we have to watch out for with (Tropical Storm) Cindy", meteorologist Matt Devitt said. Downgraded to a tropical depression, Cindy was weakening as it headed north through Louisiana toward Arkansas but a broad circulation around the system swept moist Gulf air over the South, fueling bands of strong weather and pushing up coastal tides. The city could see 1 - 2 inches of additional rain with 3 inches possible in the east side of the city, according to NWS.

Emergency officials are monitoring the forecast starting late Thursday night in the greater Charleston area with expected heavy rain at times continuing into Friday and early Saturday.

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

Severe weather and flooding has already been reported over the last two days along the Gulf Coast.

A round of powerful storms are expected Friday night, bringing the potential for heavy downpours and localized street flooding. It looks like this system is moving a little faster, which means the heaviest rain could be over in the Beltway by 8 or 9 a.m., and earlier for the western suburbs.

Rain will continue through Friday, with 2 to 5 inches possible in southern and eastern counties, the forecast said.

Kerner said he's concerned that fast-rising water might affect homes and automobiles throughout the town and surrounding areas - even those protected by levees.

The Associated Press reports there has been at least one fatality from the storm, which has also been blamed for widespread coastal highway flooding, rough seas and scattered reports of power outages and building damage caused by high winds.

Our rain chances will ramp up later Friday afternoon and evening as that cold front combined with the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy moves right over our region. A 10-year-old boy was killed after being struck by storm debris on a beach in Alabama.

National Weather Service meteorologist Craig Evanego said around an inch of rain is likely in Lancaster County, with some locally higher amounts. Roads near Lake Charles were flooded with knee-deep water, stranding motorists along the lakeshore.

  • Leroy Wright