Some coastal areas in Texas and Louisiana are under a tropical storm warning and forecasters are warning of potential heavy flooding as Tropical Storm Cindy moved inland from the Gulf of Mexico Thursday morning. Nolan McCabe, 10, of St. Louis, Missouri, was vacationing with his family on the Alabama coast when he was hit by a log carried in on a large wave.
In Alabama, a statewide emergency was declared by the Governor, referring to the National Meteorological Service's forecasts of a violent sudden flood that was possible on Thursday, as tropical moisture moved north to the state.
Forecasters expect the formation of another El Nino weather pattern that could limit the number of powerful hurricanes and tropical storms that develop in the Atlantic Ocean this year.
Cindy was considered a tropical storm when it hit land early Thursday. Downgraded to a tropical depression, Cindy weakened as it crossed Louisiana toward Arkansas but a broad circulation around the system swept moist Gulf air over the South, fueling severe weather and pushing up coastal tides. Flooding is already a problem in dozens of communities, and before it's over some areas could see a foot of water or more.
With the possibility of continued rainfall, the service also said conditions could produce shallow coastal flooding around high tide Thursday evening, particularly along the lower SC coast.
Flooding. we have a Flash Flood Watch in effect for several of our counties until 7pm tonight due to even more accumulating rain expected late this morning and early this afternoon.
For Thursday, there's a 40-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms during the day, mainly before 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. A flash flood watch was issued for parts of East Texas.
The U.S. Storm Prediction Center said severe weather remains a lingering threat from the Southeast to western Pennsylvania. Winds of around 35 miles per hour accompanies the heavy rainfall as Cindy moves inland at a speed of around 13 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.
Parishes along the coast made sandbags - or sand and bags - available to people who wanted to protect homes and businesses.
By afternoon, it was over northern Louisiana, and its heavy rains had resulted in flooding and road closures in each state bordering the Gulf, from eastern Texas to northwestern Florida.