Tropical storm Cindy moves inland in Louisiana; one dead in Alabama

The storm's first fatality was reported yesterday, when a 10-year-old boy was struck by a log that a large wave dislodged as he stood near the shore in Fort Morgan, Alabama, the Baldwin County coroner said.

Tropical Storm Cindy has come ashore in the gulf, bringing high winds and heavy rain and weakening to tropical depression Cindy.

Cindy was about 40 miles (65 km) northwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km/h). Cindy weakened as it crossed Louisiana toward Arkansas but a broad circulation around the system swept moist Gulf air over the South, fueling severe weather and pushing up coastal tides. Tropical Storm Warnings were cancelled Thursday morning for Harris, Galveston, Chambers and Liberty counties, the National Weather Service said.

The weather service says there are still some questions on whether the best moisture from Cindy arrives over our area, or gets shunted off to the east. Temperatures will be a bit above normal Thursday and again on Friday, with scattered storms possible. It would depend on repeated storm bands raining hard on the same area, while some areas could stay dry if they're missed by bands altogether, she said.

The storm is expected in north Louisiana by Thursday evening before moving out of the state overnight.

The heavy rains caused the Biloxi River to rise 13 feet and overtop its banks.

Tropical storm force winds of 39 miles per hour or higher are expected closer to the coast, but Cindy is expected to gradually weaken as it tracks toward the ArkLaTex.

The National Hurricane Center forecast that the storm would reach southeastern Arkansas early Friday and Tennessee later that day, possibly causing more flooding.

Tropical Storm Cindy is becoming a big problem to millions of residents along the Gulf Coast.

"We can not stress enough the importance of avoiding high water", Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards warned Wednesday ahead of Cindy's arrival.

Storm Cindy will likely move over Memphis and Nashville as it travels north east. But meteorologists said it's hard to predict exactly what areas might be hit by repeated bands of heavy rain or how much will accumulate.

  • Salvatore Jensen