Tropical Storm Cindy expected to bring soaking rains to midstate on Friday

A 10-year-old boy from Missouri died Wednesday after a log struck him outside a beachfront condo in Fort Morgan, Alabama, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said.According to the National Weather Service’s latest advisory, the storm is expected to dump a total of 3 to 6 inches of rain, with as much as 12 inches in isolated spots, over eastern Texas and western and central Louisiana, as well as southern and eastern Arkansas through Friday morning.Standing water still remains in some parts of town after tropical storm Cindy brought heavy rain to the area, Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Leakesville, Miss.Tropical Storm Cindy has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but the unsafe storm is still causing major damage in the Southeast U.S.The center of the dying tropical storm could pass near Washington by Saturday morning and move off Massachusett’s Cape Cod on Saturday evening, followed by a cold front, the National Weather Service said.Memphis Light Gas and Water reported that as many as 10,000 customers were without power Friday morning, amid local reports of blustery winds, heavy rain and some traffic snarls.Some parts of MS have reported up to eight and a half inches of rain since Cindy’s arrival, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbot has raised the readiness level of Texas’ State Operations Center in response to the onslaught of heavy rain and high winds.But after Cindy made landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border early Thursday, the storm was downgraded to a tropical depression and the National Weather Service in Raleigh issued a brighter outlook.The main concern is the threat of flooding should slow moving thunderstorms move through our area.”Floating colonies can look like ribbons, streamers or a ball of ants floating on the water”, the statement said.They say the floating blobs contain all members of the colony, including worker ants, winged reproductive males and females, and queen ants.The forecast for his area, 55 miles (90 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock, Arkansas called for 2-4 inches (50-100 millimeters) of rain and winds about 20 mph (32 kph), winds that Hillman said would be OK.Crews in Memphis, Tennessee, worked Thursday to clear storm drains to help prevent street flooding. A fair weather day is expected with temperatures right around seasonal norms. A few of the storms may produce strong wind gusts in addition to heavy downpours and lightning. Most of the severe weather was to the east of the storm. One person even posted a video of people kayaking through the flooded streets of Lake Charles.