Suspected tornado: 1 hurt, businesses flattened in Alabama

Residents in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Florida and MS experienced moderate to severe flooding from Cindy's heavy rain and strong storm surge.

LA 1 south of the Golden Meadow on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Forecasters warned that flash floods remained a danger as the storm moved north.

Those thunderstorms could cause isolated flash flooding, but forecasters say widespread flooding is unlikely. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

As the storm moves north, the Gulf Coast will experience potentially unsafe flooding, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

Abbott said he has also placed the Department of State Health Services Emergency Medical Task Force, Texas Military Forces Aircraft, and shelter and feeding teams on standby.

Meteorologist Jason Holmes of the National Weather Service said trees were down and buildings were reported damaged along the Interstate 20 corridor on the western outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama's most populous city. And much more rain was on the way.

"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.

Cindy had sustained winds of 40 miles per hour at landfall around 2 a.m. "That continues to be the threat", said Ken Graham, of the National Weather Service Office near New Orleans.

However Loconto said moderate to heavy downpours are still expected in the Bluefield area, particularly into Friday and Friday night as the remnants of the tropical storm pass through the region.

On the forecast track, the center said, Cindy will move inland near the Louisiana-Texas border later Thursday morning, then move across western and northern Louisiana and into southeastern Arkansas Thursday night and early Friday.

Some parts of MS have reported up to eight and a half inches of rain since Cindy's arrival, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbot has raised the readiness level of Texas' State Operations Center in response to the onslaught of heavy rain and high winds.

"We are not in the clear yet", he told reporters, adding that the city was under a tornado watch until 7 p.m.

The storm could cause a surge of up to three feet (1 meter) in isolated areas from southeastern Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle, and possibly spawn tornados from the lower MS and Tennessee Valley regions to the central Gulf Coast, the NHC said.

"This is definitely the worst I've seen it so far".

In Louisiana, Edwards said two fishermen who were reported missing in coastal St. Mary Parish were located and rescued Thursday morning. In Gulfport, Mississippi, Kathleen Bertucci said heavy rains Wednesday sent about 10 inches (250 millimeters) of water into her business selling granite countertops.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System said in a statement that the floating colonies may look like ribbons, streamers or a large ball of ants floating on the water.

  • Larry Hoffman