Memphis crews, community leaders prepare for Tropical Depression Cindy

Emergency officials are monitoring the forecast starting late Thursday night in the greater Charleston area with expected heavy rain at times continuing into Friday and early Saturday. Last June, torrential rains in West Virginia claimed 23 lives and memories of that disaster remained fresh at somber ceremonies honoring the dead. Parts of the state saw severe flooding Wednesday when water rose to 3 feet high in some neighborhoods, covering some mailboxes, CNN affiliate WDSU-TV in New Orleans reported.On Friday evening, Gov. Jim Justice planned to attend a candlelight service at Rainelle United Methodist Church in the area hardest-hit by the flooding.National Weather Service forecasters said rainfall totals of 2-4 inches (50-100 millimeters) were possible in several states, with up to 6 inches (150 millimeters) in isolated spots.Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in southwestern Louisiana near the Texas border early Thursday morning, bringing the threat of strong winds, rain and potentially-dangerous floods to several Southern states. A tornado watch is in effect because some of the convective showers in these bands may try to rotate.In the low-lying Louisiana town of Lafitte, south of New Orleans, Mayor Tim Kerner urged residents in and around the town to seek higher ground because of rising water.West Virginia residents and authorities have marked the anniversary of last year’s fatal flooding in that state even as they are bracing for a bout of severe weather associated with the remnants of a tropical storm.The Storm Prediction Center said severe weather remains a threat from the Southeast as far as western Pennsylvania as remnants of Cindy push northeastward. The governor says he’s received no reports of widespread flooding damage to homes or businesses and no requests for search and rescue needs.Remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy began moving through Tennessee, knocking down trees and causing power outages.Some other drivers, though, were pulling over Thursday morning and not attempting to navigate the flooded roads in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.Authorities continued to warn that driving rains spinning off from the storm could still cause unsafe flash floods.Heavy rainfall associated with remnants of the tropical storm caused scattered street flooding across central and southern IN on Friday.The storm was blamed for one death Wednesday: A 10-year-old boy from the St. Louis area was killed on an Alabama beach when he was struck by a log that washed ashore.Heavy downpours are expected Thursday in East Texas, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. One to three inches of rain and flash flooding is forecasted for northwest Mississippi.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. Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy reported no injuries but said fences, trees and power lines were damaged. Any storms that form this afternoon and evening will be hit-or-miss, so you still will be able to be outside for plans. There were numerous reports of waterspouts and short-lived tornadoes spawned by the storm.