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Tropical Storm Cindy ashore in southwest Louisiana

A 10-year-old boy from the St. Louis area was killed on an Alabama beach Wednesday when he was struck by a log that washed ashore.”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.Forecasters in Louisiana say Tropical Storm Cindy will bring the potential for a storm surge of up to 3 feet (0.91 meters) along the Gulf Coast.”After moving inland, winds associated with Cindy will diminish and the system will eventually be dubbed a tropical rainstorm”, according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana.That stormy weather is located mainly to the north and east of the low-pressure center, which is over 200 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana. Its sustained winds continue to top out at 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and it’s moving closer to the coast at a rate of 9 miles per hour (14 kph).It won’t be a direct hit but Tropical Storm Cindy will have an impact on our weather over the next couple of days. One emergency official reported downed trees and other damage in the Fort Walton Beach area in the Florida Panhandle from a severe storm cell.The center of the storm is projected to make landfall Thursday morning over southeastern Texas or southwestern Louisiana.Governor John Bel Edwards also followed suit and declared a state of emergency in Louisiana on Wednesday.Most of the WAFB viewing area has had the advantage of being in the dry slot of circulation around Tropical Storm Cindy and that has resulted in a much-appreciated reduction in our forecasted rain totals for the event.Parts of southeast Louisiana, southern Alabama, southern MS and the Florida Panhandle are not in the forecast path but are expected to see a substantial amount of rain, which could cause flooding. There were several reports of possible short-lived tornadoes.”Just because you don’t see your area in the cone as it approaches, don’t take this lightly”, Edwards said, referring to the graphic that depicts the path of the storm.Already some flooding was reported on Alabama’s Dauphin Island and flood control locks and gates were being closed along Louisiana’s bayou-marbled coast.”We stand ready to assist local communities in the event of an emergency, and I ask all Texans to keep those in the storm’s path, and our fearless first responders, in their prayers as they prepare for this storm”, Abbott said in a statement.