Cindy, now a tropical depression, moving inland

As of the 10 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the center of circulation was located 165 miles northwest of the Louisiana Coast. Cindy or its remnants are forecast to move into Arkansas early Friday, then into Tennessee.

As the storm approaches land, heavy rain with isolated flooding is likely to wrap westward across part of northeastern Texas, including part of the Houston area.

Cindy weakened to a tropical depression as it came onshore in Cameron Parish early Thursday.

Rain chances will increase this weekend across North Texas but it has nothing to do with Tropical Storm Cindy.

Tropical moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy are pushing northward Thursday evening.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A suspected tornado near Birmingham, Alabama, flattened businesses and injured one person Thursday, while the mayor of a coastal Louisiana town urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide - two lingering effects of a weakening Tropical Depression Cindy that was fueling harsh weather across the Southeast. Galveston reported that 800 homes and businesses suffered power outages.

It is also 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.

Alabama was also the scene of the storm's only reported casualty, which happened when a log washed ashore killing a 10-year-old boy.

At least one death was blamed on Tropical Storm Cindy as it made landfall on U.S. soil in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday.

The capital city and surrounding area can expect between 2 to 3 inches of rainfall from late Thursday into early Saturday, meteorologist Chris Buonanno said.

On the MS coast, a waterspout came ashore in Biloxi early Wednesday.

Many roads were closed in parts of the Deep South due to flooding, including around the Mobile, Alabama, area on Thursday.

"This state of emergency will guarantee state resources are on standby and are ready to assist impacted communities if necessary", Ivey said in a statement.

Alabama state officials say the insects known as red imported fire ants can present a potentially serious health threat to people and animals during severe flooding.

Cindy is expected to produce rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches over eastern Texas, western and central Louisiana and southern and eastern Arkansas through Friday morning with some spots getting as much as 12 inches of rain.

  • Carolyn Briggs