Tropical storm Cindy heads inland in Louisiana; one dead in Alabama

A 10-year-old boy from Missouri died Wednesday after a log struck him outside a beachfront condo in Fort Morgan, Alabama, the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said.

"The tropical storm. promises to bring rain and cooler temperatures, curbing demand in the region", Daniel Myers, market analyst at Gelber & Associates in Houston said in a note on Wednesday. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for Louisiana as a result of Tropical Storm Cindy.

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

There could be some turbulent weather late Friday morning into the mid-afternoon as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches Middle Tennessee.

In a neighborhood in Ocean Springs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, residents awoke Thursday to flooded streets and, in a few cases, flooded homes. 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.

Dean Argo, a spokesman for the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, said a state liquor store in Fairfield received "significant damage" and one employee was injured when the storm hit.

Tropical Storm Cindy has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but the risky storm is still causing major damage in the Southeast U.S.

The National Weather Service has assigned these names for hurricanes and tropical storms in 2017. By 10 a.m. CT (11.00 a.m. ET), the storm was centered about 60 miles (98 km) north of Lake Charles, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (65 km/h).

"The most likely time for torrential downpours and urban flooding in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore area is Friday night into early Saturday", according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek. The second wave of rain, in particular, may be very heavy.

The NHC said the storm should turn north-northeast later Thursday and then turn northeast Friday.

Storm surge could push water 1 foot to 3 feet above ground level in the areas under tropical storm warning, as well as areas east to the western Florida panhandle.

State offices in five regions of Louisiana remained closed Thursday.

Tropical Storm Cindy was downgraded to a depression early Thursday, but it continues to draw huge amounts of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico into the southern United States.

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.

In areas infested with red imported fire ants, these ants and their colonies can present a potentially serious medical threat to people and animals during and after a flood. Life-threatening flash flooding may occur.

Vanessa Coleman

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