Heavy rain, winds, tornado warnings as Cindy heads inland


This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

The National Weather Service says the energy associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy are lifting through the mid-Atlantic region, with showers and thunderstorms expected thanks to the humid and unstable air mass.

A 10-year-old boy died Wednesday in Fort Morgan, Alabama, when he was struck by a log that was being carried by a wave, the Baldwin County sheriff's office said. Heavy winds, rip currents and tornadoes are also expected. The Coast Guard lowered a dewatering pump to help pump out the boat and then escorted it safely back to Freeport, TX.

"Life-threatening" flash flooding was possible as the storm could drop three to six inches (8-15 cm) of rain and as much as 12 inches in some parts of Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, the NHC said.

"We should have a comfortable weekend coming up if we can just get through tonight and tomorrow", Greg Meffert, lead forecaster in the Paducah, Kentucky office of the National Weather Service, said earlier. "Not only around the center of Cindy". Moderate to heavy rain fell hundreds of miles away, throughout much of the Southeast and as far north as southern IL and Indiana.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is staffing its operations centre in Nashville until Saturday to co-ordinate any requests for assistance.

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.

"We haven't heard of water getting into homes", Buller said. It resulted in consistently gray skies, slow commutes and downed trees. Low-lying roads in many areas were covered with water.

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Elsewhere, the MS coast received some of the heaviest rain.

The Greene County Herald reports that rising waters could threaten homes and public buildings, including an elementary school. "It's pretty disgusting, but I don't have flood insurance because they took me out of the flood zone", Bertucci said.

A waterspout came ashore in Biloxi, MS, causing damage.

One hallmark of an inland tropical system is the heightened risk of tornadoes, sometimes occurring in rather non-assuming storms, or even shower cells lacking lightning. The storm could also bring "short lived tornadoes" and damaging winds.

Swollen by heavy rains and flowing quickly, the Chickasawhay River was out of its banks near the southeastern MS town of Leakesville and almost 9 feet (3 meters) above flood level with the water still rising.

Dean Argo, a spokesman for the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, said a state liquor store in Fairfield received "significant damage" and one employee was injured when the storm hit. Rainfall amounts through Friday will likely average from 2 to 4 inches in the watch area.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System warned that floodwaters sometimes cause colonies of floating fire ants to emerge from the soil, and float on water until the reach dry ground.