Alabama governor Kay Ivey held a news conference in Clanton to talk about how the state is responding to what is now Tropical Depression Cindy.
"As moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy interact with the frontal boundary (Thursday night) and Friday, we can expect at least an inch of rain across the area", according to the National Weather Service.
Remnants of Cindy could start being felt in the northeast on Friday, which could see scattered showers and thunderstorms and a muggy high near 83, the National Weather Service predicted.
In Gulfport, Mississippi, Kathleen Bertucci said heavy rainfall Wednesday sent about 10 inches (250 millimeters) of water into her business, which sells and installs granite countertops.
The rain should clear up by Saturday evening, with temps dropping from 84 to 67, giving way to a sunny Sunday that'll have a high near 80, so the weekend won't be a total loss.
A boy on an Alabama beach was struck and killed Wednesday by a log washed ashore by the storm. Resident and neighborhood watch organizer Erin West says people are keeping an eye out for alligators that live in nearby ponds.
Forecasters warn the possibility of tornadoes and flooding rains will continue as the storm moves through the Southeast.
Two parks south of Lafayette are closed because of high water over roads the parks.
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Cindy is expected to make its way through MS and Alabama, and eventually to the Tennessee Valley, meteorologists forecast. More than 6 million people remain under tornado watches, an area covering New Orleans and points north into central Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
People in South Louisiana woke up Thursday morning to splashes of blue sky and might have wondered what all the fuss was about over a tropical storm on the Texas-Louisiana border.
Tropical Storm Cindy will be making its way across the Arklatex Thursday and Thursday night.
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.
Alek Krautmann of the National Weather Service in Slidell, Louisiana, said Thursday's pattern would likely be much like Wednesday's: Bands of intermittent, sometimes heavy rain spinning onto the coast. As the system gets closer, rain will fall at a steady rate, he said.
The severe weather forecast comes almost on the anniversary of last year's torrential rains and flooding, which killed 23 people in West Virginia.
With the storm inland, projections show it weakening further to a post-tropical storm by tonight. At 10 a.m. CDT Thursday, Cindy was about 165 miles (265 kilometers) northwest of Morgan City and moving to the north at 13 mph (20 kph). Specifically, more sunshine will mix in with clouds, winds will be gusty out of the south-southwest, and temperatures will rise into the mid 80s with tropical humidity levels creating a heat index well into the 90s before storms come in.
"This [storm] is only a depression now, so for peak winds we'll maybe see some 30 miles per hour wind gusts east of the center", Rickard said.
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