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Cindy causes minor flooding across South as rain continues

It is expected to weaken into a tropical depression later Thursday morning, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.A suspected tornado near Birmingham, Alabama, flattened businesses and injured one person Thursday, while the mayor of the coastal Louisiana town of Lafitte urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide – two lingering effects of the weakening system that fueled harsh weather across the Southeast.State Meteorologist Jim Stefkovich said widespread areas in south Alabama have received 3 to 6 inches of rainfall with 12 inches in isolated spots.”One of our safety concerns is alligators”, said local neighborhood watch organizer Erin West.The system will produce showers and thunderstorms over parts of the Lower/Middle Mississippi Valley/Western Gulf Coast into parts of the Tennessee Valley through Friday morning.The storm’s first fatality was reported on Wednesday, when a 10-year-old boy was struck by a log dislodged by a large wave as he stood near the shore in Fort Morgan, Alabama, the Baldwin County coroner said.As Cindy’s circulation continues to unwind, the chance of tornadoes will continue to diminish but there may be a brief resurgence this afternoon, especially to our west in the Tennessee Valley closest to the remnant circulation, and also if sunshine can warm things enough to destabilize the atmosphere for more vigorous storms. Downgraded to a tropical depression earlier today, and now the final advisory has been issued as Cindy is expected to deteriorate into a remnant area of low pressure overnight.Authorities continued to warn that driving rains being pulled out of the Gulf could still cause unsafe flash floods.Numerous coastal roads and highways flooded and there were scattered reports of power outages and building damage from wind or water. Tricia Hayes records images of unusually large waves created by Tropical Storm Cindy on Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.The Storm Prediction Center says severe weather is still possible in an area reaching from the Deep South to western Pennsylvania as remnants of Cindy move northward. “We are not done with the threat yet”, Stefkovich added. And much more rain was on the way.Heavy rain and some flash flooding have been reported along the Gulf Coast and southeastern region since Tuesday but more is on the way.In southwest Louisiana, not far from where Cindy came ashore before dawn, trucks navigated knee-high water in the streets of Cameron Parish – but there was no serious flooding. Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said there were no injuries but fences, trees and power lines were damaged. But bands of heavy rain are continuing – with heavy rain in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.The three hope to be on the road and headed back to Kentucky by Thursday morning if weather clears up.