Cindy expected to drench Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia

Tropical storm Cindy threatens Gulf Coast

Tropical storm Cindy threatens Gulf Coast

Forecasters predict thunderstorms spawned from Tropical Storm Cindy will move into southern Arkansas Thursday night and begin to spread, bringing heavy rain south and east of Little Rock into Friday.

As of 8 a.m. ET Thursday, the eye of the storm was located some 40 miles northwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and moving north at 12 mph.

The NHC said the storm has weakened but can still generate heavy rainfall and life-threatening flash floods in the Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Texas and Florida.

Tropical storm force winds of 39 miles per hour or higher are expected closer to the coast, but Cindy is expected to gradually weaken as it tracks toward the ArkLaTex.

The National Weather Service estimates that anywhere from 2 to 10 inches of rain has fallen along Gulf Coast, and flooding has been reported Thursday throughout the Gulf Coast, including in New Orleans, Cameron, LA, Ocean Springs, MS, and Spanish Fort, AL.

A flash flood watch was issued through Friday afternoon for the southern and eastern half of the state.

After the two full days of storms, the rainfall totals are expected to be anywhere from 1-3 inches, with some areas possibly seeing more. The severe weather system, which is blamed for some coastal flooding in the Deep South earlier in the week, tornadoes and one death, was rumbling closer to the heavily populated East Coast.

Parts of southwest Alabama have been under a tornado watch continuously since late Tuesday. Baldwin County Sheriff's Capt. Stephen Arthur said witnesses reported the 10-year-old boy from Missouri was standing outside a condominium in Fort Morgan when the log, carried in by a large wave, struck him.

Weather forecasters are expecting a third day of rough weather for Gulf Coast states as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches.

"We've been watching the storm develop in the Gulf, really since last weekend, and watched it form", he says. "Something to remember, though, if there are floods and heavy periods of rain on Thursday and Friday, those flood waters may continue rising for a day or more".

The remnants of the tropical storm, which was downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday afternoon, has dumped several inches of rain on Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.

The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has been holding briefings for emergency managers statewide Wednesday and Thursday with another scheduled Friday morning, spokesman Lawrence Messina said.

Francisco Sanchez is with emergency operations for Harris County.

Stefkovich said after the system moves north out of Alabama, another front is expected to bring scattered showers and thunderstorms, including more heavy rain. Jim Stefkovich, a meteorologist with the Alabama Emergency Agency, said some parts of coastal Alabama got a foot of rain.

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