Cindy weakens but still stirs weather over wide swath

The National Weather Service said all the warnings for coastal areas were lifted Thursday morning, but the storm has put millions of residents under high alert of "life-threatening flash flooding" since Tuesday and already has claimed at least one life.

Showers with pockets of heavy rain continue into Friday night, but will start to become more scattered.

As of the 4 p.m. advisory, Cindy was located 46 miles south of Shreveport, LA, with maximum sustained winds of 21 miles per hour.

We can expect showers and thunderstorms Saturday morning, but the weather service says it should become sunny later in the day as highs approach the mid 80s.

With the possibility of continued rainfall, the service also said conditions could produce shallow coastal flooding around high tide Thursday evening, particularly along the lower SC coast.

The storm turned deadly in Alabama where a 10-year-old boy on vacation with his family was hit by debris thrown by a huge wave as it crashed against the shore.

"We've seen three inches of rain overnight in portions of east of Harris County", Sanchez says. The National Weather Service will be monitoring areas with the heaviest precipitation. Meanwhile, southern MS, southern and central Alabama and far-western portions of the Florida Panhandle could see 2 to 4 inches of rain with as much as 8 inches in isolated spots.

Pritchett warned residents to not drive through large puddles on the road and make emergency preparations if they live near a waterway.

Alabama faces increased severe weather again on Friday, when the remnants of Cindy move closer to the state. Most of the moisture leftover from Tropical Storm Cindy will stay to our west and north. And workers on Grand Isle, Louisiana's barrier island community south of New Orleans, reinforced a rock levee protecting the island's vulnerable west side. "I don't foresee any problems with what's going on. Now if we get wind and it knocks the corn down, well, I don't want that".

Cindy has weakened significantly since coming ashore, being reclassified as a tropical depression late this morning. "As time goes on we're struggling to get through the after effects of what took place in the flood", John Wyatt, a pastor from Rainelle, told West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

In Gulfport, Mississippi, Kathleen Bertucci said about 10 inches (250 millimeters) of rain water found its way into her business selling granite countertops.

Water levels rise after a combination of high tide and the rain from Tropical Storm Cindy in Lake Charles, La., Thursday, June 22, 2017.

  • Carolyn Briggs