Heavy rain, winds, tornado warnings as Cindy heads inland

Postado Junho 25, 2017

"As moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy interact with the frontal boundary (Thursday night) and Friday, we can expect at least an inch of rain across the area", according to the National Weather Service. Wth a rising tide, strong southerly winds from Tropical Depression Cindy lash the lakefront Thursday, June 22, 2017 in Mandeville, La.

The National Weather Service says an EF-2 twister with winds as strong as 120 miles per hour (120 kph) struck just outside Birmingham on Thursday. The storm's expected arrival in West Virginia comes on the anniversary of torrential rains last June that left 23 people dead in West Virginia.

Crews in Memphis, Tenn., worked Thursday to clear storm drains to help prevent street flooding. Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning in portions of Texas and southwestern Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said. People reported damage throughout the area, including in McAdory, Fairfield and Ensley.

The weather service said at 5 p.m. that Cindy has lost tropical characteristics but heavy rain potential is moving east across the Ohio Valley and into Pennsylvania with severe thunderstorms forming south of Cindy. All of the Tennessee Valley is under a *slight risk* of severe weather from the Storm Prediction Center today.

The storm turned deadly in Alabama where a 10-year-old boy on vacation with his family was hit by debris thrown by a huge wave as it crashed against the shore.

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 above flood level with the water still rising.

Still, the storm barely registered attention for some.

Cindy is the second tropical storm to form during the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1. "And, ratings are good", Clewley added of the local TV news outlets. She said she didn't even hear the rain overnight though she acknowledged "my air conditioning is very loud".

In coastal Hancock County, Mississippi, more than 300 streets were flooded, CNN affiliate WVUE-TV in New Orleans reported, citing emergency management officials.

Travis Brickey, the senior program manager for Social Media, Public Relations and Corporate Information for the TVA, says the agency has already lowered some lake levels in preparation for the storm.