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West Virginia bracing for remnants of Cindy

The National Hurricane Center said the storm made landfall between Cameron Parish, Louisiana, and Port Arthur, Texas.While the main risk for tornadoes is to our south, a few tornado warnings will be possible as spin-ups from a decaying tropical storm are always a threat.The storm is now northwest of Morgan City, Louisiana with sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said no further advisories would be issued for the storm, which was no longer considered a tropical storm after its sustained winds dropped below 39 miles per hour (63 kmh). Cindy or its remnants are forecast to move into Arkansas early Friday, then into Tennessee.Rain bands spinning off of Tropical Depression Cindy spread drenching rains across the Southeast and into the Midwest on Friday, triggering scattered flash flood warnings in several states including West Virginia, whose residents are still recovering from deadly floods one year ago.The bulk of the bad weather though, was miles to the east as parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coasts suffered with heavy rains that produced localized flooding.As a slow-moving tropical storm that formed Tuesday in the Gulf, Cindy was blamed for one death: authorities said a 10-year-old Missouri boy vacationing with his family on the Alabama coast was struck by a log washed in by a large wave.With the heavy rainfall expected to surge northward, flash flood watches cover the areas from eastern Texas and northwest Louisiana through western Kentucky. “That continues to be the threat”, said Ken Graham, of the National Weather Service Office near New Orleans.”I have directed Texas emergency personnel to prepare to respond as Tropical Storm Cindy prepares to make landfall along the Gulf Coast”, said Abbott.Tropical Storm Cindy brought rain to the Lufkin area on Thursday but did not cause major flooding.Those storms are likely to start in early afternoon and move west to east across Upstate New York.The forecast is for 1.5 to 3 inches (40-80 millimeters) across the state with downpours starting after midnight Thursday and continuing until the cold front from the northwest pushes the moisture out early Saturday, she said.A waterspout came ashore in Biloxi, MS, causing damage. We do get a break from the thunderstorms today as activity will be limited to the afternoon and isolated, plus we should see a fair amount of sunshine to send highs up near the 90-degree mark. But meteorologists said it’s hard to predict exactly what areas might be hit by repeated bands of heavy rain or how much will accumulate.Parts of southern Alabama, southern MS, southeastern Louisiana and western portions of the Florida Panhandle already have seen streets covered in up to 3 feet of water.Fort Walton Beach spokeswoman Jo Soria said Wednesday that falling trees have hit houses and cars in what she called “pockets of wind damage” in two or three residential neighborhoods.The combination of systems could produce flooding Friday, according to meteorologists. There were also reports of stranded motorists across Lake Charles.