Tropical Depression Cindy spawns tornadoes across the south

Tropical storm Cindy threatens Gulf Coast

Long stretch of Gulf Coast eyes Tropical Storm Cindy

A boy killed by debris in storm surf off Alabama was the only fatality reported so far in the storm, which spun off tornadoes and caused street flooding in many coastal areas. 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).

Heavy rain was forecast to spread over the Tennessee and OH valleys on Thursday, then move Friday and Saturday into the central Appalachians.

In the low-lying Louisiana town of Lafitte, south of New Orleans, Mayor Tim Kerner urged residents in and around the town to seek higher ground because of rising water.

Cindy, already blamed for one death in Alabama, made landfall in southwestern Louisiana as a tropical storm early Thursday. Those are Palmetto Island State Park in Abbeville and Cypremort (SIP-ruh-mort) Point State Park on Vermilion Bay. Fontainebleau's cabins, campground and group camps remain open. Cindy or its remnants are forecast to move into Arkansas early Friday, then into Tennessee.

The Texas Department of Transportation says all state roads and bridges are open in the area.

Tropical Storm Cindy has brought heavy winds and rain to southeast Texas but minimal damage as the storm system moves northeast. Crews in Memphis cleared storm drains Thursday to help prevent flooding. 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.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency will be staffing its operations center in Nashville on Friday and Saturday to coordinate any requests for assistance.

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Forecasters are trying to determine how many tornadoes touched down in Alabama as remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy moved north from the Gulf Coast. Several businesses were damaged and at least four people were hurt.

Rain bands spinning off of Tropical Depression Cindy spread drenching rains across the Southeast and into the Midwest on Friday, triggering scattered flash flood warnings in several states including West Virginia, whose residents are still recovering from deadly floods one year ago.

National Weather Service statistics show roughly 12 inches (300 millimeters) of rain had fallen in some spots along the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coasts since Tuesday. Flash flood watches were issued for much of Kentucky and West Virginia.

The storm is expected to create a risk of flooding and isolated tornadoes on Friday.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (64 kph) and it's expected to weaken to a tropical depression later in the morning and become a remnant low Thursday night.

A round of powerful storms are expected Friday night, bringing the potential for heavy downpours and localized street flooding.

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