Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall in Louisiana


Most of the WAFB viewing area had the advantage of being in the dry slot of circulation around Tropical Storm Cindy on Wednesday and that resulted in a much-appreciated reduction in our forecast rain totals for the event.

(Tom Mclaughlin/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP).

Fort Walton Beach, FL, experienced property damage and fallen trees from a possible tornado Wednesday morning. This Florida panhandle community was hit by a wave of severe weathe. 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. Gulf Power employees fix a power pole that snapped, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. "We will provide support to local authorities as they serve those effected by the storm and continue to monitor the weather situation across the state. It means we're still looking at a flash flood on smaller creeks and streams and a pretty decent chance for flooding if you receive the heavier rain". The moisture will interact with a warm front moving into southern Ontario and Quebec, producing very heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight. Last June, torrential rains in West Virginia claimed 23 lives and memories of that disaster are still vivid. It has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, but is expected to unload excessive rainfall as it moves inland, from east Texas to West Virginia through Friday night. Hamilton County 911 dispatch records show several vehicle accidents occurred when the first heavy rain swept through in the early afternoon.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency will be staffing its operations center in Nashville on Friday and Saturday to coordinate any requests for assistance.

National Weather Service rainfall forecast through Friday night. Then into the central Appalachians Friday and Saturday. Flash flood watches were issued for much of Kentucky and West Virginia.

In Louisiana, Edwards said two fishermen reported missing in a coastal area were located and rescued Thursday.

"In the worst case some areas could get six inches (15 centimeters)", Casey said.

National Weather Service forecasters estimated the storm had dumped anywhere from 50 to 250mm of rain on various spots along the Gulf Coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida panhandle as of Wednesday. Ford says lifeguards and deputies were fed up as tourists entered the water in spite of the warnings. Ford says he'd rather people use common sense and not get in the water. No injuries were reported.

In southwest Louisiana, not far from where Cindy came ashore before dawn on Thursday, motorists in trucks were driving through knee-high water in the streets. Some of the low-lying clouds were rotating, and gusty winds whipped across the landscape.

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With the storm now over land, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it's expected to weaken over the next two days. That should limit flooding threats to nuisance street flooding.

The Texas Department of Transportation says all state roads and bridges are open in the area.

As of 7 a.m. CDT, Cindy is centered about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and is moving north near 12 mph (19 kph). The floating colonies of insects known as red imported fire ants may look like ribbons, streamers or a large ball of ants floating on the water, entomologists said.

Hurricane season is upon us, as Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning in Louisiana.

As the storm moves northwest, the Gulf Coast will continue seeing heavy rains, winds of 40-50 miles per hour and increased moisture, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

Along the Gulf Coast, states of emergency have been declared due to the severe storm conditions.

In addition to bands of drenching rain, the storm brought high winds and numerous, short-lived tornadoes and waterspouts.

"There will be a slight risk of severe weather [today]", NWS said on its website.