Debris covers State Highway 87 after Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall earlier Thursday, June 22, 2017 on the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas.
Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in southwestern Louisiana near the Texas border early Thursday morning, threatening to bring strong winds, rain and potentially-dangerous floods to several surrounding Southern states. But New Orleans was in a wide area of dry air through Thursday morning, seeing some extra breezes but no rain.
The flash flood watch is in effect from 7 p.m. Thursday through Friday afternoon. The flooding generally occurred in areas where it's expected during major weather events, including New Orleans areas outside the levee protection system, spots on the North Shore that are susceptible to flooding, and coastal towns.
The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management held briefings for emergency managers statewide Thursday, with another scheduled Friday morning, spokesman Lawrence Messina said. The governor says he's received no reports of widespread flooding damage to homes or businesses and no requests for search and rescue needs.
The storm was blamed for one death Wednesday after a 10-year-old boy from the St. Louis area was killed on an Alabama beach when he was struck by a log that washed ashore. Some road flooding has also been reported in far southern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.
"...(the) center of Cindy crossed the coast between Cameron, Louisiana and Port Arthur, Texas an hour or two ago", according to the National Hurricane Center. Some of the low-lying clouds were rotating, and gusty winds whipped across the landscape. The forecaster predicts more rainfall of 2 to 4 inches "with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches" in certain parts of Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle. "Not only around the center of Cindy". He added that there is still a threat for tornadoes as Cindy moves to north Louisiana. "We're just trying to clean everything up and hope it doesn't happen again". Fort Walton Beach spokeswoman Jo Soria said fallen trees hit houses and cars in what she called "pockets of wind damage" in two or three residential neighborhoods. The TVA manages 49 dams to regulate water, provide power and help control downstream flooding.
"Everybody needs to have heads up, and be alert to the rising water that can affect them in flooding", Ivey said. Knee-deep water was reported on some roads, along with on/off ramps under water.
Some threats could be lurking in the flood waters, Alabama state officials warned: Floating colonies of fire ants could form in the gushing surge of water, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said in a statement.