Cindy's remnants: Street flooding from South to Midwest

Angie Massey
June 24, 2017

The National Weather Service says it expects heavy rain to spread across West Virginia starting late Thursday and continuing into Saturday.

It will be very tropical-like to start this weekend as we will see an increase in humidity ahead of a cold front that is tapping the remains of Tropical Storm Cindy. "In fact, the leading cause of weather-related fatalities is driving through flooded areas", he said.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency to "guarantee state resources are on standby and are ready to assist impacted communities if necessary".

The high waves generated by Cindy prompted a distress call from a sinking shrimp trawler about 80 miles off the coast of Galveston early Wednesday.

Even Indiana in the Midwest felt the impact of Cindy, which sprang Tuesday from the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm before roughing up the Deep South and making landfall Thursday.

The western portion of the state is expected to be the most likely area to experience an isolated, short-lived tornado, according to the NWS, which rated the possibility of a twister taking shape as marginal to slight. "That continues to be the threat", said Ken Graham, of the weather service office near New Orleans.

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.

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The storm is expected to create a risk of flooding and isolated tornadoes for both days.

The center circulation of the remnants of TS Cindy are exiting the Arkansas forecast area to the east this morning.

In southwest Louisiana, not far from where Cindy came ashore before dawn, trucks navigated knee-high water in the streets of Cameron Parish - but there was no serious flooding.

"It's kind of like a slow-motion disaster for us now", said Greg Flynn with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

In Gulfport, Mississippi, Kathleen Bertucci said about 10 inches (250 millimeters) of rain water found its way into her business selling granite countertops. "Mostly a few downed trees, power outages".

"It's pretty disgusting, but I don't have flood insurance because they took me out of the flood zone", said Bertucci, whose store is near a bayou.

That's the warning from Alabama state officials, who say the insects known as red imported fire ants can present a potentially serious health threat to people and animals during severe flooding. "We have several alligators in the nearby ponds and it's springtime and they like to move around during springtime and everything".

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