Storm Team 12: Tracking Tropical Storm Cindy

National Weather Service forecasters said the storm had dumped from 2 to 10 inches (50 to 250 millimeters) of rain on various spots along the Gulf Coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida panhandle as of Wednesday. Last June, torrential rains in West Virginia claimed 23 lives and memories of that disaster are still vivid.

Stellman, who works in the weather service's Atlanta office, said rainfall is expected to worsen in North Georgia as the weekend creeps closer.

The National Weather Service says residents in a Tropical Storm Watch should review evacuation routes and review their disaster supply kit.

He added that flooding on Santini St. and Main also an issue, and the two extra pumps were delivered this week to help drain the roads.

In Tennessee, Memphis Light Gas and Water reported that as many as 10,000 customers were without power Friday morning, amid local reports of heavy rain, gusting winds and some morning traffic snarls.

"It looks like a period of heavy rain, especially across the southern part of Lancaster County, will hit Friday night into Saturday morning", said AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Walker. Flash flooding is a very unsafe situation.

In southwest Louisiana, not far from where Cindy came ashore before dawn Thursday, motorists in trucks were driving through knee-high water in the streets of Cameron Parish. Broadcast news footage showed siding ripped away from one store, debris flung all around. Two inches of rain has already fallen there and "flash flooding is expected to begin shortly", the weather service said. Several businesses were damaged and at least four people were hurt. The storm this year is different and has a lot of moisture but less energy, she said. Locally heavier amounts fell in the suburbs, with a wide range, from 1.34 inches in the northeast corner of Hilliard to 3.25 inches near Roberts Road, which is the nature of tropical downpours.

The National Weather Service says an EF-2 twister with winds as strong as 120 miles per hour (120 kph) struck just outside Birmingham on Thursday.

The main concern is the threat of flooding should slow moving thunderstorms move through our area. The storm made landfall early Thursday in southwestern Louisiana.

As much as another 3 inches (8 centimeters) of rain was forecast around Leakesville, a town of 900 people by Sunday, possibly making flooding conditions worse, said Trent Richardson, emergency management director for Greene County.

  • Larry Hoffman