One killed as Storm Cindy makes landfall in southern US

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to weaken as it moves farther inland after coming ashore in southwestern Louisiana early Thursday. Nolan McCabe, 10, of St. Louis, Missouri, was vacationing with his family on the Alabama coast when he was hit by a log carried in on a large wave.Prior to reaching land, the storm brought heavy winds and rain to some Southern states on Wednesday, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.The Friday-morning moisture was being fed into central North Carolina by Tropical Storm Cindy, which made landfall on Thursday near the Texas-Louisiana border.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.Even though Cindy is no longer a tropical storm, torrential rains continue to threaten the Gulf Coast and many parts of the southeast with a danger of flash floods.Heavy rain from the remnants of a tropical storm is expected late Thursday in West Virginia and a flash flood watch has been issued for most of the state, where 23 people were killed in flooding last June. A Coast Guard cutter escorted the vessel to Freeport, Texas.As a front sinks through the state from the north during the day Saturday, scattered storms will tend to be concentrated along areas near and south of I-20 for Saturday afternoon. Though swamped roads and high tides interfered with transportation, Ashley Buller, an assistant in the parish emergency office, said there were no reports of major flooding. One to 2 inches of rainfall is expected for much of the area Saturday, and heavy rainfall in some areas could lead to some flooding.On the MS coast, a waterspout came ashore in Biloxi early Wednesday.”It’s kind of like a slow-motion disaster for us now”, said Greg Flynn with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. The TVA manages 49 dams to regulate water, provide power and help control downstream flooding.”We haven’t heard of water getting into homes”, Buller said.Fort Walton Beach, FL, experienced property damage and fallen trees from a possible tornado Wednesday morning.”It’s pretty quiet”, Caldemeyer said by phone from Rough Water Bait and Tackle.Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches, over southern MS, southern and central Alabama and extreme western Florida Panhandle are expected through Friday morning.None of the injuries were life-threatening, said Nick Dyer, police chief in Fairfield, where the tornado hit.