Cindy expected to drench Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia

Tropical Storm Cindy 830pm Tue LIVE Update

Tropical Storm Cindy 830pm Tue LIVE Update

Cindy weakened into a tropical depression after it made landfall in Louisiana but it still packed a punch, bringing heavy rain, flooding and at least one suspected tornado to the Gulf Coast states.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour, and it's expected to weaken to a tropical depression later in the morning and become a remnant low Thursday night.

The National Weather Service said Friday afternoon that Cindy was winding down and had lost tropical characteristics as heavy rain potential moved east across the Ohio Valley and into Pennsylvania with severe thunderstorms forming to the south.

Southern parts of the state were expected to see the most rain - up to 7 inches - while forecasters said Faulkner County would likely receive around 2 inches.

Air traffic controllers at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport observed the tornado around 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Al.com reported.

The storm's only reported fatality occurred on Wednesday, when a 10-year-old boy was struck by a log dislodged by a large wave as he stood near the shore in Fort Morgan, Alabama, the Baldwin County coroner said.

Parts of southeast Arkansas can expect to see heavy rainfall as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy move northward through the state.

"I had heard Tropical Storm Cindy mentioned", Clewley said.

Cindy is the second tropical storm to form during the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1. Fort Walton Beach spokeswoman Jo Soria said fallen trees hit houses and cars in what she called "pockets of wind damage" in two or three residential neighborhoods.

The downgrade put an end to the tropical storm watches and warnings that tens of millions of Americans were living under.

"Over the next few days", Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton said, "the remnants of Cindy will bring heavy rain to North Georgia".

"We'll be on the side of the system that will still be pumping up a lot of moisture from the south", Baron said. Bret, the tropical storm formed late afternoon on Monday near the Windward Islands and this was an unusual location and very early this year. And Saturday may even turn into a decent day, with the rain pulling away with whatever's left of the circulation center racing past and a cold front pushing through. The result will be late day and evening storms that can be severe with damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes. Otherwise, the storm was blamed for widespread coastal highway flooding, rough seas and scattered reports of power outages and building damage caused by high winds.

He said only a portion of East Houston got several inches of rain.

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