Heavy downpours are expected Thursday in East Texas, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. But meteorologists said it's hard to predict exactly what areas might be hit by repeated bands of heavy rain or how much will accumulate.
The storm made landfall early Thursday morning and is expected to arrive just in time for the weekend.
Weather forecasters are expecting a third day of rough weather for Gulf Coast states as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches. That also doesn't necessarily mean anything extraordinary for us, though recent soggy weather has left us susceptible to some flooding risk, and we will likely see rain between Thursday evening and early Saturday, possibly an inch or more in many locations.
The father said the wave hit the log, knocking it into his son.
"The Porta-Jon actually floated out into the street so, luckily there was no one in it". "I see the communications all on one page". "I had probably about (2 feet) of water", Jerry Rodriquez told WVUE. "This is going to be a wetter event as you head north and west". The Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for parts of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. There is a threat for flash flooding in the path of a low pressure wave tracking along this front. Off Texas, the U.S. Coast Guard helped the four-member crew of a shrimp trawler limp back to shore at Freeport after the crew radioed in distress amid fears of sinking early Wednesday.
Conway Downtown Partnership Director Kim Williams sent business owners an email on Wednesday letting them know sandbags were available for pick-up Thursday morning at Central Fire Station.
In Knoxville, the power-generating Tennessee Valley Authority, said it was drawing down water levels on nine lakes it controls along the Tennessee River and its tributaries in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky, anticipating heavy runoff from Cindy's rains once the storm moves inland.
State offices in five regions of Louisiana remained closed Thursday.
McGill reported from New Orleans.
Flooding from Cindy has closed beaches and roads in Florida, while flash floods closed several roads in Alabama, where a state of emergency was declared by Gov. Kay Ivey.
George Grabryan, director of the Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency, said he hopes the diminished rain amounts in the forecast hold true.
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