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Tropical Storm Cindy Brings Rain and Possible Flooding

As Tropical Storm Cindy formed and approached the Gulf Coast, forecasters warned that the storm could dump more rain on already-saturated conditions and cause North Carolina rivers and streams to flood.The National Weather Service in the New Orleans area is seeing 30 miles per hour wind gusts, and Graham said residents could see 35 to 40 miles per hour gusts Thursday.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.Tropical Storm Cindy has made landfall in southwestern Louisiana, bringing rain and the threat of flash flooding and tornadoes.The National Weather Service in Little Rock says the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy will move into southern Arkansas later Thursday, bringing scattered thunderstorms and some areas of heavy rainfall.Some summer school programs were also canceled Wednesday in New Orleans and Donaldsonville. But Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged residents not to be complacent as parts of the city were hit with five inches of rain by midday. Stefkovich said an additional 2 to 4 inches is expected today, with amounts totaling 8 inches over what’s already fallen in some spots. There were numerous reports of waterspouts and short-lived tornadoes spawned by the storm.A cold front descending toward Pennsylvania will pick up moisture from a weakened Tropical Storm Cindy creating a wet Friday in the Lehigh Valley and northwest New Jersey, a local meteorologist forecasts. “Please do all you can to prepare for the worst while praying for the best”.Volunteers put out sand bags due to the arrival of Tropical Storm Cindy in Lafitte, La., Wednesday, June 21, 2017.Storm surge could push water 1 foot to 3 feet above ground level in the areas under tropical storm warning, as well as areas east to the western Florida panhandle. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency. The Louisiana National Guard moved high water vehicles and helicopters into areas that could potentially flood. Flood control locks and gates were being closed along Louisiana’s coast. It doesn’t matter if we forecast 100 storms.Areas as far west as Houston and as far east as Panama City may receive 3 to 5 inches of rain through Thursday. But he remained hopeful that flooding could be minimized. As the system gets closer, rain will fall at a steady rate, he said.”I’m concerned about people all over the state”. The weather service had issued tornado warnings earlier for the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa areas, and Gov. Kay Ivey had urged state residents to be alert for unsafe weather.Earlier, the storm turned deadly in Alabama when a 10-year-old boy was killed by a log that was washed onto shore by a large wave, officials said.