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Cindy, now a tropical depression, moving inland

25 June 2017

This animation shows Tropical Storm Cindy spinning over the northwestern part of the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday afternoon, June 21, 2017.

The remnants of Cindy crept northward across Louisiana toward Arkansas after churning ashore as a tropical storm early Thursday, weakening steadily but still spreading heavy rain and thunderstorms over hundreds of miles of territory from east Texas through a broad swath of the Southeast.

Around the Interstate 20 corridor, Stefkovich said rain amounts have been 2 to 4 inches over the last day and a half, with another 1 to 3 inches expected. There were numerous reports of waterspouts and short-lived tornadoes spawned by the storm.

Conway firefighters said a trailer load of sandbags had been distributed by 11 a.m. Thursday with more expected to be delivered by the evening.

Meteorologists say a combination of two systems - remnants of former Tropical Storm Cindy and another storm front - could produce severe thunderstorms, flooding and damaging wind gusts particularly on Friday.

"Right now, we're not anticipating any severe weather with these storms", Villanueva said. In Gulfport, Mississippi, Kathleen Bertucci said heavy rains Wednesday sent about 10 inches (250 millimeters) of water into her business selling granite countertops.

Tornado watches are in effect for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle.

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Forecaster Jeff Morrow said the WAFB viewing area will still feel the impacts of Cindy as it continues to move inland Thursday along the Louisiana-Texas border.

Locally heavy rain has been falling on part the South well in advance of Cindy since this past weekend.

Geologists say as coastal Louisiana subsides, the relatively higher sea makes storms worse over time.

A 10-year-old boy vacationing with relatives on the Alabama coast died after he was hit by a log in stormy surf, according to the AP.

A liquor store and a fast-food restaurant were among the damaged businesses in Fairfield, Alabama, west of Birmingham, said meteorologist Jason Holmes of the National Weather Service. GPM's radar found that the heaviest downpours over Alabama were returning radar reflectivity values of over 51dBZ to the GPM satellite. Forecasters also are checking damage elsewhere in central and southern Alabama to determine whether tornadoes struck there.

Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 8 inches over southern MS, southern and central Alabama and western Florida Panhandle are expected through Friday morning as well. "Public works is working diligently to ensure our storm drains are clear".

NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed Tropical Storm Cindy in infrared light to identify areas of strongest storms and the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM satellite found locations of heaviest rainfall as Cindy was making landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast states. As of 10 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said the storm was about 165 miles northwest of Morgan City, La., with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.