West Virginia: Cindy's remnants raise flood threat

Tricia Hayes records images of unusually large waves created by Tropical Storm Cindy on Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Cindy moved ashore as a tropical storm early Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas line.

The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on the storm Wednesday by Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert. Danielle Clewley, a 25-year-old student out grocery shopping Friday at a Memphis supermarket, said she didn't even hear the rain overnight though she added, "my air conditioning is very loud".

"Life-threatening" flash flooding was possible as the storm could drop three to six inches (8-15 cm) of rain and as much as 12 inches in some parts of Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, the NHC said.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy are expected to wash over the region Friday night into Saturday, bringing heavy rain and some isolated severe storms.

Tropical Depression Cindy is forecast to progress farther inland/northeastward through the day Thursday into Friday toward an eventual merge with another low (currently impacting the Plains, Midwest), while continuing to weaken in strength, forecasts the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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

The severe weather was arriving on the anniversary of torrential rains and flooding that left 23 people dead in West Virginia a year ago. Broadcast news footage showed siding ripped away from one store, debris flung all around.

In addition to heavy rainfall, Cindy spun up tornadoes in several states, including near Birmingham, AL.

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.

The storms stretching for hundreds of miles (kilometers) are expected to push river levels higher in coming days as the remnants of a tropical storm cross Tennessee and Kentucky into West Virginia. "Now if we get wind and it knocks the corn down, well, I don't want that".

The storm's maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 40 miles per hour (64 kph) Thursday morning with additional weakening expected, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Several roads in coastal areas remain closed because of high water.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency will be staffing its operations center in Nashville on Friday and Saturday to coordinate any requests for assistance.

  • Salvatore Jensen