Tropical Storm Cindy Makes Landfall in SW Louisiana

The National Weather Service says the energy associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy are lifting through the mid-Atlantic region, with showers and thunderstorms expected thanks to the humid and unstable air mass. Then into the central Appalachians Friday and Saturday.

The remnants of the tropical storm, which was downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday afternoon, has dumped several inches of rain on Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. It is expected to weaken into a tropical depression later Thursday morning, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

They say swimmers ignored double red flag warnings for risky conditions and high surf.

A year ago today, ravaging flood waters destroyed homes and lives across southern West Virginia.

By midday Thursday the storm had caused a 16 percent cut in Gulf of Mexico oil production, representing around 288,000 barrels per day of output, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

Tropical Storm Cindy has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but the unsafe storm is still causing major damage in the Southeast U.S. Baldwin County Sheriff's Capt. Stephen Arthur said witnesses reported the 10-year-old boy from Missouri was standing outside a condominium in Fort Morgan when the log, carried in by a large wave, struck him.

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall Thursday in southwestern Louisiana, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to the already soaked US Gulf Coast.

The center of the storm is expected to move into southeastern Arkansas and into Tennessee on Friday. In southwest Louisiana, creeks and bayous flooded many low-lying neighborhoods. "Floating colonies can look like ribbons, streamers or a ball of ants floating on the water", the warning adds. Given the abundant moisture across the region, rain may be heavy at times, and meteorologists can not rule out localized flooding.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency to "guarantee state resources are on standby and are ready to assist impacted communities if necessary".

Social media users in Lake Charles, Louisiana, posted images and video of the storm on Wednesday as it battered the area with severe rain.

Weather forecasters are expecting a third day of rough weather for Gulf Coast states as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches.

Even though Cindy is no longer a tropical storm, torrential rains continue to threaten the Gulf Coast and many parts of the southeast with a danger of flash floods. Most of the severe weather was to the east of the storm. The area experienced flooding and road closures, WLOX reported.

  • Larry Hoffman