Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall, brings rain

Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall, brings rain

Most of the WAFB viewing area had the advantage of being in the dry slot of circulation around Tropical Storm Cindy on Wednesday and that resulted in a much-appreciated reduction in our forecast rain totals for the event.

Heavy rain and some flash flooding already have been reported along the Gulf Coast, but more is on the way.

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.

Cindy was now located about 125 miles (200 km) southeast of Galveston, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph), the Miami-based weather forecaster said on Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center will move into southeastern Arkansas early Friday, and into Tennessee later on Friday.

Continue to send us your photos by email, Facebook message or posting to our WKRG Facebook page as Tropical Storm Cindy continues to move towards the Gulf Coast and inland. Louisiana was slammed with major flooding last summer from an unnamed storm that heavily damaged the Baton Rouge and Lafayette regions.

A boy on an Alabama beach was struck and killed Wednesday by a log washed ashore by storm surge from Tropical Storm Cindy, which spun bands of severe weather ashore from the Florida panhandle to east Texas as it churned ever closer to the Gulf Coast.

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

The heaviest rain is expected to begin falling around the start of the morning rush Friday.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued emergency declarations Tuesday, June 20.

Cindy is expected to produce 3 to 6 inches of rain, with as much as 12 inches in some places, through Friday morning, the hurricane center said. "Prepare for the worst while hope and pray for the best".

A spokesperson for Baldwin County Sheriff's Office explained: 'A ten-year-old male had walked outside a condo his family was staying in and was standing only a few feet from the door.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday urged residents to remain alert even though the National Weather Service had lifted the tropical storm warning in the city. Residents in nearby counties were also offered sandbags. National Weather Service forecasters estimate the storm has dropped up to ten inches of rain in some areas. They suggest going to a relative's home away from the area until the storm passes.

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