Florida sheriff says stay out of the water

Cheryl Sanders
June 24, 2017

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall across the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast early on Thursday Morning dumping copious amounts of rain in the Deep South.

Cindy was a tropical storm when it made landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border about 3 a.m. CT (0800 GMT) Thursday, then weakened as it travelled north.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Forecasters expect remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy to drench parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia on Friday, bringing heavy rainfall, possible flash flooding and higher river and lake levels through the weekend.

States of emergency declared in Louisiana and Alabama, where the storm is blamed for at least one death. Nolan McCabe, 10, of St. Louis, Missouri, was vacationing with his family on the Alabama coast when he was hit by a log washed in by a large wave. More than 6 million people remain under tornado watches, an area covering New Orleans and points north into central Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Cindy is the second tropical storm to form in the Atlantic Ocean since the hurricane season officially began June 1 and the third storm of the year.

More than inch of rainfall is expected is expect throughout the region by the time the storm moves out of the area on Saturday morning, forecasters said.

The heavy rain threat continues through the first part of the day Saturday as a cold front combined with Cindy's remnants works through the tri-state.

Entergy Corp, the biggest power company in the Gulf Coast area, said just around 4,200 of its 2.9 million customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas were without power Thursday morning.

By midday Thursday the storm had cut Gulf of Mexico oil production by 16 percent, representing around 288,000 barrels per day of output, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said. "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".

In Alabama, an EF2 tornado damaged buildings in Fairfield, a town outside Birmingham, CNN affiliate WVTM-TV reported. Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy reported no injuries but said fences, trees and power lines were damaged. This area of showers will head east and most of this rain should end by 10 a.m. It doesn't matter if we get 100 storms around the planet. Some roads were covered with water in the seafood village of Bayou La Batre, but Becca Caldemeyer still managed to get to her bait shop at the city dock. Life-threatening flash flooding may occur.

"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.

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