Alabama & Louisiana in "state of emergency"

Alabama & Louisiana in

From the Florida Panhandle to eastern Texas, residents and government officials along the northern Gulf Coast kept an eye on slow-moving Tropical Storm Cindy, which the National Weather Service said posed a threat of "life-threatening flash flooding".

Wednesday night will be hard for the region, as well as most of the Deep South. Wednesday night will see the storm move north, causing landfall in Texas and Louisiana early Thursday morning.

Heavy downpours are expected Thursday in East Texas, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour and it's expected to weaken to a tropical depression later in the morning and become a remnant low Thursday night.

Forecasters say the storm is nearing the coast along a stretch between southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana. The warning has been discontinued for east of Morgan City.

At least one death is already being blamed on the storm, a 10-year-old boy on an Alabama beach was struck and killed yesterday by a log thrown ashore by the storm surge.

Tropical Storm Cindy has churned up the Gulf of Mexico, causing risky surf and closing beaches along the Florida panhandle.

Volunteers put out sand bags due to the arrival of Tropical Storm Cindy in Lafitte, La., Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

The center of the storm hit just south of Lake Charles, Louisiana, the National Weather Center's Hurricane Center said.

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Expect a 50 percent coverage of rain Wednesday as some of the moisture from Cindy streams into Central Florida.

A potential tornado was reported in Fort Walton Beach in southern Okaloosa County.

The third tropical storm of 2017, Cindy was 170 miles (270 kilometers) south-southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana as of mid-morning Wednesday. "Some heavy rainfall is possible for Liberty County; however the National Weather Service estimates the amount at 1-3 inches, along with some gusty tropical force winds".

In Gulfport, Mississippi, Kathleen Bertucci said heavy rainfall Wednesday sent about 10 inches of water into her business, Top Shop, which sells and installs granite countertops.

NHC said it expected the storm to turn toward the north-northwest and then toward the north Wednesday night and Thursday.

A state of emergency has been declared in Alabama as the storm, which formed on Tuesday, made its way towards Lousiana and Texas.

Overnight, Tropical Storm Bret dissipated in the southern Caribbean.

The flash flood watch is in effect from 7 p.m. Thursday through Friday afternoon. The bureau said it will monitor the situation until the storm is no longer a threat to the Gulf of Mexico and oil and gas activities.

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