Cindy causes minor flooding across South as rain continues

In Memphis, crews worked Thursday to clear storm drains to help prevent street flooding.

The Gulf Coast was still suffering from the effects of Cindy, a former tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico that crawled ashore early Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas state line. The heaviest rain and greatest potential for flash flooding will be Friday. All of the Tennessee Valley is under a *slight risk* of severe weather from the Storm Prediction Center today. The storm's maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 40 miles per hour, with higher gusts. Others are in effect in the MS and OH valleys. There is a marginal risk of severe storms on Saturday, mainly east of this area up through the Carolinas. 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.

Prior to reaching land, the storm brought heavy winds and rain to some Southern states on Wednesday, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Forecaster Drew Montreuil, of Finger Lakes Weather, said there will likely "be numerous storms with locally torrential downpours".

The National Weather Service said the MS coast received almost a foot of rain over the four-day period ending Saturday, the most in the region. A 10-year-old boy from the St. Louis area was killed on an Alabama beach Wednesday when he was struck by a log that washed ashore.

  • Zachary Reyes