Storm Cindy continues to cause destruction

A tropical depression formerly known as Tropical Storm Cindy caused flooding on Thursday in several USA southeastern states, spawned a tornado that injured four people in Alabama, and cut 16 percent of Gulf of Mexico oil production.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Cindy's maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 miles per hour (64 kph) with continued weakening expected over the next two days. It included drenching rains that posed flash flood threats, strong tidal surges, waterspouts and reports of possible tornadoes.

The National Weather Service said Tropical Depression Cindy is continuing to produce heavy rain around the Mississippi Valley.

WIND: Gusts of tropical storm force in a few squalls are still possible mainly to the east of the depression. There is still uncertainty in where the heaviest rain will fall, but 1-2 inches of rain looks common for all.

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in southwestern Louisiana Thursday morning.

Beyond Cindy, tropical development is unlikely over the Atlantic basin through at least this weekend.

"The tropical storm. promises to bring rain and cooler temperatures, curbing demand in the region", Daniel Myers, market analyst at Gelber & Associates in Houston said in a note on Wednesday.

Some other drivers, though, were pulling over Thursday morning and not attempting to navigate the flooded roads in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Two tornado warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service in Alabama, where Gov. Kay Ivey says the threat of severe weather hasn't let up as remnants of a tropical storm push inland.

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

Tornadoes are also possible through Thursday night from the lower MS and Tennessee Valley regions to the central Gulf Coast, the hurricane center reported. A day earlier off Texas, the U.S. Coast Guard helped the four-member crew of a shrimp trawler limp to shore at Freeport after the crew radioed in distress amid fears of sinking.

Millions in the path of the storm, bracing for what Cindy could bring next. The National Hurricane Center stopped tracking Cindy as it downgraded, turning it over to the NOAA's Weather Prediction Center.

The southeast corner of the state from El Dorado to south of Pine Bluff through Helena West-Helena is under a slight risk for severe weather and could see severe storms as early as Thursday afternoon and evening.

  • Larry Hoffman