24 June, 2017
And more rain was on the way.
"I had heard Tropical Storm Cindy mentioned", Clewley said. Cindy continues on a northerly track along the Texas/Louisiana state line.
The walls of a liquor store and an oil-change service in Fairfield, west of Birmingham, collapsed in the apparent twister. Several businesses were damaged and at least four people were hurt.
The remnants of the tropical storm actually began tracking northward Thursday. The area experienced flooding and road closures, WLOX reported.
Finally, a round of heavy rain appears likely Friday night. Last June, torrential rains in West Virginia claimed 23 lives and memories of that disaster remained fresh at somber ceremonies honoring the dead.
As Tropical Depression Cindy weakens, remnants of the storm will be felt in the Cincinnati area. But bands of heavy rain are continuing - with heavy rain in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
Although Cindy is expected to continue weakening over the next 48 hours, the National Weather Service said the weather disturbance could still produce a few tornadoes Thursday night from the lower MS and Tennessee Valley regions to the central Gulf Coast.
The center of the storm is expected to move into southeastern Arkansas and into Tennessee on Friday. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall.
Beyond, Friday brings drier and hotter conditions before a front moves in for Saturday. At 4 p.m. CDT Thursday, Cindy was about 45 miles (75 kilometers) south of Shreveport. The National Hurricane Center has since downgraded the cyclone to a tropical depression.
Heavy rainfall associated with remnants of the tropical storm caused scattered street flooding across central and southern IN on Friday.
In West Virginia, meteorologist Mike Zwier says about a half inch (12 millimeters) of rain has already fallen around the state recently.
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Thursday evening. Media report heavy rain and winds also were causing traffic problems. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has numerous reports of street flooding in the southern part of the state but no major damage or injuries. Some of the low-lying clouds were rotating, and gusty winds whipped across the landscape.
A log stuck and killed a boy Wednesday on the beach in Alabama in the first fatality associated with Tropical Storm Cindy, according to officials. The storm's remnants are tracking northeast away from the Gulf Coast, and as it does, winds from the south pull warm, moist air north. Coastal flooding has been reported by Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties.
The Houston area was expected to get a couple inches of rain through Thursday. Weather service flood warnings covered most of the southern two-thirds of the state, with more than 3 inches (75 millimeters) of rainfall having accumulated in some places by midday - and minor flooding expected along some in rivers. Around 10 a.m. CT Thursday, it was moving at 13 miles per hour with winds of about 35 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said. The boy had walked outside a waterfront condo, where he and his family were staying, and was standing just a few feet from the door when a large wave knocked a log into him around 10:30 a.m. local time.
They say the floating blobs contain all members of the colony, including worker ants, winged reproductive males and females, and queen ants. A low-end severe threat will continue, but widespread severe weather is unlikely.
Still the tropical system will be fast moving, which should reduce the chances for significant flooding, Morrow said. He was among authorities stressing that the storm's danger wasn't limited to the coast. "The best time frame to see that and maybe a strong storm is Friday night into Saturday".
And in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, there was another worry in a neighborhood where streets and some homes flooded Thursday.