Cindy also caused widespread coastal highway and street flooding and several short-lived tornadoes, but no other deaths.
Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall Wednesday and tragically killed a 10-year-old boy in the coastal town of Fort Morgan.
The young boy was later identified as Nolan McCabe of who was visiting the area from St. Louis.
Residents in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Florida and MS experienced moderate to severe flooding from Cindy’s heavy rain and strong storm surge.
“All arms of the state’s emergency preparedness and response apparatus are taking Tropical Storm Cindy seriously, and we are calling on all Louisianans throughout the state to do so as well”, Edwards said in a statement. Another had been issued for Tuscaloosa and Bibb Counties elsewhere in the state as remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy pushed through the Southeast.
The Louisiana National Guard dispatched high water vehicles and helicopters into flood-prone areas.
Georgians have endured an abnormally high amount of rainfall over the past week, which Minton said was of a tropical nature, but not linked to Tropical Depression Cindy. “We haven’t heard of water getting into homes”, said Ashley Buller, an assistant in the parish emergency office.
Significant damage was found near the Western Hills Mall, and least four people were injured in that area.
While most of the rain from Cindy has fallen on south Alabama, everyone needs to stay weather alert as creeks, rivers and lakes start to rise.
Cindy’s remnant circulation and its moisture will get absorbed by a cold front marching toward the East Coast on Friday and Saturday, producing areas of heavy rain along the way. The National Weather Service surveyed the damage and determined that this was an EF-2 tornado with winds up to 135 miles per hour.
Heavy rainfall is still in the forecast for states along Cindy’s latest path toward central Tennessee, where it is expected to arrive Friday. Rivers considered most prone to reaching the flood stage are the Coal River near Tornado and the Little Kanawha at Grantsville and Glenville. But Lane noted that flash flooding is a very likely threat.
None of the injuries were life-threatening, said Nick Dyer, police chief in Fairfield, where one tornado hit.
“And, ratings are good”, Clewley added of the news broadcast outlets.
Still a flash flood watch remains in effect through late tonight for much of the coalfield region, including McDowell, Buchanan and Wyoming counties.