Showers, scattered storms expected Friday; Tropical moisture Saturday

Elias Hubbard
June 24, 2017

According to the National Weather Service offices in Alabama, the state is expected to experience heavy rain and flooding over the next few days.

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.

As Tropical Depression Cindy swirled its way through Texas and Louisiana, its large rain bands swept as far as Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

"Now is the time to hide from the wind".

The National Weather Service in Morristown, Tenn., said it expects the Cumberland Plateau and Southeast Tennessee to get the heaviest rain totals as the tropical weather front passes through Tennessee, southwest Virginia and southwest North Carolina.

Cindy's heavy rains have pushed multiple south MS rivers into flood.

Cindy is the second tropical storm to form during the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1.

From East Texas to southern Mississippi, Cindy is expected to drop 3-6 inches of rain and some isolated areas could see up to 12 inches of rain, the National Weather Service said.

Meanwhile, the Gulf Coast was still suffering the effects of Cindy, a former tropical storm that crawled ashore from the Gulf of Mexico early Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas state line.

An eastern Kentucky woman is braving out tropical storm Cindy along the gulf coast with her family. Once the rain tapers off, Saturday should be more pleasant, especially down the shore. Cindy also caused widespread highway and street flooding and several short-lived tornadoes, but no other deaths or serious injuries were reported as of midday Thursday.

Memphis Light Gas and Water reported that as many as 10,000 customers were without power Friday morning.

"It's not as bad as we had feared, but it's certainly not over", he said. "Heavy rains may be so intense that small creeks and streams are unable to accommodate so much water".

Officials say five parks should reopen Monday, with Tickfaw State Park reopening Tuesday. They have given it a preliminary rating of EF-2, with an estimated wind speed of 120 miles per hour.

WDAM-TV reports the former MS 42 bridge fell into the Chickasawhay River on Thursday.

The Storm Prediction Center says severe weather is still possible in an area reaching from the Deep South to western Pennsylvania as remnants of Cindy move northward. Last June, torrential rains and flooding claimed 23 lives in West Virginia.

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