Tropical storms are expected to hit some coastal regions in Texas and Louisiana while forecasters raised the alarm over potential heavy flooding as Tropical Storm Cindy came from the Gulf of Mexico Thursday morning.
Extreme weather and flooding are expected to hit the Gulf Coast during the coming days. The storm already struck near the Texas/Louisiana border early Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Storm Cindy
The centre made speculations over the prospects of the storm diminishing to a tropical depression later Thursday as it moves north through Louisiana and then heads northeast through parts of several states including Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Reports over a 10-year-old boy killed by a log carried in a wave on a beach in Fort Morgan, Ala., Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.
“Cindy is expected to produce rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with isolated maximum amounts up to 12 inches over eastern Texas, western and central Louisiana and southern and eastern Arkansas through Friday morning.” the National Hurricane Center said.
The forecaster forsee more rainfall of 2 to 4 inches “with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches” in some parts of Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.
“This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.” the centre said.
It is expected to witness maximum sustained wind speeds of close to 40 mph and “tropical-storm-force winds” that will prevail around the focal point of the storm by as many as 70 miles to the south-east and south-west of the storm’s centre.
A state of emergency
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a warning that features a state of emergency Wednesday for the entire state. He urged civilians to take the threat of the storm “seriously” and to “please do all you can to prepare for the worst while praying for the best.”
“No one should be under the belief that this is only going to affect coastal Louisiana or south-east Louisiana. This storm is going to affect the entire state.” he said.