Heavy Rains And Flooding As Tropical Storm Cindy Makes Landfall

Flooding and road closures stretched from east Texas into northwestern Florida after Cindy made landfall early on Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas border and weakened to a tropical depression, the National Weather Service said. Tropical Storm Cindy sent drenching rain bands over the north Gulf Coast on Wednesday, swamping low-lying coastal roads and pushing a waterspout ashore in one beachfront community as residents from east Texas to the Florida Panhandle warily eyed the storm's slow crawl toward land.

As of the 10 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the center of circulation was located 165 miles northwest of Morgan City.

The storm has already killed a ten-year-old boy on Alabama Beach when he was struck by a log carried to shore by a huge wave.

Overnight Wednesday, Tropical Storm Bret dissipated in the southern Caribbean.

Tropical Storm Cindy has made landfall in Louisiana with maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour.

Isolated tornadoes could pose a threat to MS and Florida on Thursday and heavy rainfall is expected to cause inundation of about a metre in other affected states.

The severe weather forecast comes almost on the anniversary of last year's torrential rains and flooding, which killed 23 people in West Virginia.

The predicted heavy rainfall coincides with the one-year anniversary of the June 23, 2016 flood, which has been connected with at least 24 deaths and millions in property damage across parts of 18 counties, hitting Kanawha, Greenbrier, Nicholas and Clay the hardest.

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning for the entire state of Louisiana as a result of Tropical Storm Cindy.

A widespread swath of more than 5 inches of rainfall is expected from southeastern Louisiana through southern MS into southern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.

Authorities in Louisiana announced they were closing courts and other government buildings across the state on Wednesday.

"Cindy is expected to produce rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with isolated maximum amounts up to 12 inches over eastern Texas, western and central Louisiana and southern and eastern Arkansas through Friday morning", the NHC said.

The National Weather Service says residents in a Tropical Storm Watch should review evacuation routes and review their disaster supply kit. These storms should remain below severe weather limits.

Authorities continued to warn that driving rains spinning off from the storm could still cause unsafe flash floods.

Rain will begin to push into the area Thursday night. As the system gets closer, rain will fall at a steady rate, he said.

The central portion of the state is under a marginal risk of severe storms on Thursday, forecasters said.

"There's been a lot of rain in the area over the last three to four weeks, so the ground is pretty saturated", said Glen Brannan of Alabama's Mobile County Emergency Management Agency.

  • Leroy Wright