Heavy rains projected as Tropical Storm Cindy blasts South

Debris covers State Highway 87 after Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall earlier Thursday, June 22, 2017 on the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas.

A 10-year-old boy died in Fort Morgan, Alabama, on Wednesday, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

Even though Cindy is no longer a tropical storm, torrential rains continue to threaten the Gulf Coast and many parts of the southeast with a danger of flash floods.

Moisture from Tropical Storm Cindy will begin to affect the Midstate by early tomorrow morning as some periods of steady rain are likely. The storm will then move into Tennessee later Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Cindy will weaken to a tropical depression as it moves over land Thursday.

The National Weather Service declared a "high risk" of excessive rainfall in this area, stating "significant and possibly life-threatening flash flooding remains possible".

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning with max winds of 40 miles per hour. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for parts of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

In the DFW area, there's only a 10 percent chance of rain today but East Texas will have a much better chance.

Esther Martens walk through a flooded roadway to get to her vehicle in the West End section of New Orleans on Wednesday. A few locations along the central Gulf coast could see storm total rainfall of up to a foot.

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.

Overnight Wednesday, Tropical Storm Bret dissipated in the southern Caribbean. Southeast Louisiana and coastal MS is still feeling the effects Thursday.

Parts of southern Alabama, southern MS, southeastern Louisiana and western portions of the Florida Panhandle already have seen streets covered in up to 3 feet of water. Between Wednesday and Thursday morning, the storm could bring up to 12 inches of rain to some areas between Texas and Louisiana. "That's going to be the main threat", he said.

Cindy has been downgraded to a tropical depression with winds of 35 miles per hour and will gradually make a northeast turn.

  • Zachary Reyes