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Cindy Brings Flood Of Trouble To Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall across the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast early on Thursday Morning dumping copious amounts of rain in the Deep South.Cindy, already blamed for one death in Alabama, made landfall in southwestern Louisiana as a tropical storm early Thursday.A 10-year-old boy was killed after being struck by storm debris on a beach in Alabama.Faulkner County officials, business owners and residents prepared to be inundated with heavy rains as remnants from Tropical Storm Cindy were expected to hit Arkansas on Thursday.A tropical storm warning is in effect from High Island, Texas, to Morgan City, Louisiana.As of 4 a.m. CDT Thursday, the storm was centered about 30 miles west-southwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and is moving north at about 12 mph.”I had heard Tropical Storm Cindy mentioned”, Clewley said.Greenbrier County, Raleigh County, Kanawha County and other areas north of Bluefield will see a greater threat of heavy rain and potential flooding.Cindy is expected to make its way through MS and Alabama, and eventually to the Tennessee Valley, meteorologists forecast. The storm has sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and will drop below “tropical storm force winds” this afternoon.Two tornado warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service in Alabama, where Gov. Kay Ivey says the threat of severe weather hasn’t let up as remnants of a tropical storm push inland.Todd Baron, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Huntsville, said northwest Alabama will still get some rain today. When asked if there was any chance of Bluefield seeing little to no rain as a result of the tropical storm, Morrow said that too is unlikely.The weather service had issued tornado warnings earlier for the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa areas, and Gov. Kay Ivey had urged state residents to be alert for unsafe weather.Hillman said the Almyra area had not received significant rainfall in more than a week, and that a nearby farmer on Thursday was running his irrigation system even though rain was on the horizon. “It’s not wind, it’s rain we’re concerned about”.A flash flood watch will continue through late tonight, according to the NWS.The NWS issued a flash flood watch for small streams and creeks extending from 2 a.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday across much of the state, with Ohio River Valley communities expected to bear the brunt of what flash flooding does occur.Several coastal roads and highways flooded, and there were scattered reports of power outages and building damage caused by wind and water. Early Friday, high winds also peeled off part of the roof from a high school near South Bend, leaving 10 classrooms damaged.