Cindy leaves tornado in its wake; injuries, damage in Alabama

After looming off the Gulf Coast for the last few days, Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning along the Texas/Louisiana border.

The National Weather service has warned that the storm could cause "life-threatening flash flooding".

The heaviest additional rain with "Cindy" & its remnants will from Louisiana northeast into parts of the Tennessee & Ohio Valley's.

The agency is predicting maximum sustained wind speeds of close to 40 mph and says "tropical-storm-force winds" will extend around the center of the storm by as many as 70 miles to the southeast and southwest of the storm's center.

A cold front and the leftovers of Tropical Depression Cindy will be the major players of our forecast today.

Update 12:25 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a tropical storm warning for Jefferson and Orange counties.

The Tropical Storm Warning has ended for Orleans Parish, but remains for lower Jefferson Parish.

National Weather Service officials in the three states said rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 millimeters) were expected, with isolated amounts up to 6 inches (150 millimeters).

Flooding some coastal communities with as much as 10 inches of rain leaving roads underwater and neighborhoods submerged.

The severe weather was arriving on the anniversary of torrential rains and flooding that left 23 people dead in West Virginia previous year.

"Everyone will get around an inch (3 centimeters) with the passage of Cindy", meteorologist Maura Casey in Charleston said Thursday.

Humidity crept in Thursday ahead of the rainfall.

By afternoon, it was over northern Louisiana, and its heavy rains had resulted in flooding and road closures in each state bordering the Gulf, from eastern Texas to northwestern Florida. Flooding is already a problem in dozens of communities, and before it's over some areas could see a foot of water or more.

BSEE also said that one rig was evacuated in the GoM. Earlier that day, flooding from two creeks also occured in Brewton, Alabama, as well as in southern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System said in a statement that the floating colonies may look like ribbons, streamers or a large ball of ants floating on the water.

In addition to bands of drenching rain, the storm brought high winds and numerous, short-lived tornadoes and waterspouts.

  • Leroy Wright