Southeast Arkansas Sees Heavy Rain As Cindy Passes Through

Urban, densely populated areas near Birmingham, Alabama's largest city, have taken significant damage.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour and it's expected to weaken to a tropical depression later in the morning and become a remnant low Thursday night.

In the National Hurricane Center's latest advisory, it warned that the heavy rainfall could cause "life-threatening flash flooding" in parts of southeastern Louisiana and MS, southern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle if it goes on through Thursday evening.

As a slow-moving tropical storm that formed Tuesday in the Gulf, Cindy was blamed for one death: authorities said a 10-year-old Missouri boy vacationing with his family on the Alabama coast was struck by a log washed in by a large wave.

Parts of southeast Arkansas can expect to see heavy rainfall as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy move northward through the state.

Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 8 inches over southern MS, southern and central Alabama and western Florida Panhandle are expected through Friday morning as well. And more rain was on the way.

Storm Cindy is made landfall with southwestern Louisiana at 10.00am (4.00 CDT) with torrential rain and 50mph winds expected to continue.

Off Texas, the U.S. Coast Guard helped the four-member crew of a shrimp trawler limp back to shore at Freeport after the crew radioed a distress call that they were in danger of sinking early Wednesday.

Cindy is expected to produce rainfall totals of 6 to 9 inches from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, with some spots getting as much as 15 inches of rain.

As the storm comes ashore, the coast could also face winds of up to 50 miles per hour.

New Orleans area residents are enjoying an area of dry air Thursday (June 22) after Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall near the border of Texas and Louisiana during the morning.

The storm brings strong winds over the eastern part of the warning area, with storm surges of 1 to 3 feet and some tornadoes. The storm will then move into Tennessee later Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

"It should die out relatively quickly, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a lot of moisture with it", ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee said Thursday on Good Morning America.

Seas over much of the Gulf of Mexico may remain too rough for small craft into Thursday night.

That's the warning from Alabama state officials, who say the insects known as red imported fire ants can present a potentially serious health threat to people and animals during severe flooding.

The severe threat will likely ramp up again late Friday morning through the afternoon.

Authorities continued to warn that driving rains being pulled out of the Gulf could still cause unsafe flash floods.

  • Carolyn Briggs