Heavy Rains And Flooding As Tropical Storm Cindy Makes Landfall

Posted June 23, 2017

On the forecast track, the center said, Cindy will move inland near the Louisiana-Texas border later Thursday morning, then move across western and northern Louisiana and into southeastern Arkansas Thursday night and early Friday.

Ivey said the worst effect of the storm was the death of 10-year-old Nolan McCabe, who was struck by a log during the storm surge Wednesday morning in Fort Morgan.

"This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas", the National Weather Service said in its advisory. By 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, the storm was 170 miles southwest of Morgan City, La., and about 180 southeast of Galveston, Texas. It is forecast to merge with a front over Kentucky and Tennessee Friday. Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said there were no injuries but that fences, trees and power lines were damaged. That means there is still a threat associated with water that has flooded some areas, he said.

A few tornadoes and inundation of 1 -3 feet above the ground along the coast are also possible, the National Weather Service said.

At this point, it's hard to determine how much, if any, of Cindy's remnants will factor into tri-state weather this weekend, but it appears some rain connected to the tropical storm will soak much of the tri-state region through the first part of the day Friday. Heavy rain and the threat for tornadoes will continue through the day. Wind gust moving at 40 miles per hour can move weak trees and patio furniture, so Graham advises residents to be careful while driving. Though swamped roads and high tides interfered with transportation, Ashley Buller, an assistant in the parish emergency office, said there were no reports of major flooding.

The National Hurricane Center also warned of the possibility of a few tornadoes Thursday "from the lower MS and Tennessee Valley regions to the central Gulf Coast".

Most of western and central North Carolina should be dry Sunday.

"The tropical storm. promises to bring rain and cooler temperatures, curbing demand in the region", Daniel Myers, market analyst at Gelber & Associates in Houston said in a note on June 21.

Friday and Friday night, the heavy rainfall is forecast to shift to the Tennessee and OH valleys and the Appalachians, where two to four inches of rain is possible and isolated amounts to half a foot.

"Total rainfall of 6-12 inches is likely over part of the central Gulf Coast states with locally higher amounts of 15 inches possible, due to the slow-moving nature of the storm", Kottlowski said.