Gov. Kay Ivey, officials say threat not over from tropical depression
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 19:46
Cindy, which has been impacting the region since early this week, made landfall as a tropical storm around 3 a.m. CDT Thursday near the Texas-Louisiana border, but was downgraded to a tropical depression shortly before 10 a.m. CDT.
Cindy was about 40 miles (65 km) northwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km/h). He was killed Wednesday after a log, carried in by a large wave, struck him, according to Baldwin County sheriff's Capt. Stephen Arthur.
As Tropical Storm Cindy formed and approached the Gulf Coast, forecasters warned that the storm could dump more rain on already-saturated conditions and cause North Carolina rivers and streams to flood.
Cindy is said to be the second tropical storm that has formed in the Atlantic Ocean since the beginning of this month, which was also the beginning of the hurricane season.
The track of the storm has moved slightly north, according to Andrew Loconto, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va. A tropical storm warning from High Island, Texas, to Morgan City has been discontinued. "We will provide support to local authorities as they serve those effected by the storm and continue to monitor the weather situation across the state". Elsewhere in the Heart of Dixie, Mobile saw coastal flooding that closed several highways.
"Fortunately Alabama dodged the brunt of the storm", Ivey said. Edwards says large parts of Louisiana are still at risk of flash flooding, strong winds and tornadoes. An additional 3 to 5 inches of rainfall is forecast.
The storm made landfall in southwestern Louisiana before dawn Thursday, bringing rain and the threat of flash flooding and tornadoes. Rain from Cindy left the New Orleans area drenched Tuesday night and Wednesday before the storm weakened into a tropical depression.
The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management held briefings for emergency managers statewide Thursday, with another scheduled Friday morning, spokesman Lawrence Messina said.
States of emergency declared in Louisiana and Alabama, where the storm is blamed for at least one death. "We're going to see anywhere from 2 to 4 inches, which could be slightly higher or lower". Even though Thursday is shaping up to be a lovely summer day in New Jersey, forecasters say Friday and early Saturday could be marred by cloudy skies, occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms.