West Virginia: Cindy's remnants raise flood threat


Remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy is threatening to drench and bring possible flooding to parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia on Friday.

The capital city and surrounding area can expect between 2 to 3 inches of rainfall from late Thursday into early Saturday, meteorologist Chris Buonanno said.

In New Orleans, Louisiana, a tropical storm named Cindy formed on Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, which raises eyebrows of many people living alongside the Gulf Coast, who fears where is the storm heading exactly to, and if they get any time to brace themselves.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a new law on Thursday to coordinate the state's flood mitigation and response efforts with a new state resiliency office. A few strong to severe storms might also occur over a portion of the southern Plains Friday afternoon.

The U.S. Storm Prediction Center said severe weather remains a lingering threat from the Southeast to western Pennsylvania.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Cindy covered timberland and fields across the rural Deep South on Saturday, but the sun peeked out enough to offer hope that the worst was over.

The Carlisle, Newport, Harrisburg, Gettysburg, State College and Clearfield areas are expected to receive at least 1.3 inches of rain.

The storm could cause a surge of up to three feet (1 meter) in isolated areas and possibly spawn tornados from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, the NHC said. As the system gets closer, rain will fall at a steady rate, he said.

This afternoon the skies will be clear and it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 82 degrees and a chance of precipitation at 20 percent, the NWS said. Nolan McCabe, 10, of St. Louis, Missouri, was vacationing with his family on the Alabama coast when he was hit by a log washed in by a large wave. Forecasters also are checking damage elsewhere in central and southern Alabama to determine whether tornadoes struck there.

CORRECTS STATE FROM ALABAMA TO MISSISSIPPI - The Pascagoula River floods roads as tropical storm Cindy drops heavy rains, Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Merrill, Miss.

"I had heard Tropical Storm Cindy mentioned", Clewley said.