Cindy causes minor flooding across South as rain continues

The National Weather Service said Friday afternoon that Cindy was winding down and had lost tropical characteristics as heavy rain potential moved east across the Ohio Valley and into Pennsylvania with severe thunderstorms forming to the south.

Damage and debris stretches from Houston through the Florida panhandle. A man shields himself from the rain while riding his bicycle on the intersection of St. Emmanuel and Leeland streets Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Houston as Tropical Storm Cindy hit Southeast Texas and th.

It's because of moisture from tropical storm Cindy that will tap into weather through that will move through the region late Friday and Saturday morning.

"Regardless it is the rain, if anything we have to watch out for with (Tropical Storm) Cindy", meteorologist Matt Devitt said.

Tropical Storm Cindy pushed ashore along the Louisiana coast Thursday morning, delivering high winds, rough surf and heavy rain.

In Alabama, the weather service said, an EF-2 twister with winds up to 120 miles per hour (190 kph) struck just outside Birmingham Thursday. Downgraded to a tropical depression, Cindy weakened as it crossed Louisiana toward Arkansas but a broad circulation around the system swept moist Gulf air over the South, fueling severe weather and pushing up coastal tides. Some roads were covered with water in the seafood village of Bayou La Batre, but Becca Caldemeyer still managed to get to her bait shop open at the city dock. "It's getting to a risky level", Kerner said. But even parts of the Midwest felt the impact of Cindy's passage.

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A 10-year-old boy from Missouri died Wednesday after a log struck him outside a beachfront condo in Fort Morgan, Alabama, the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said.

So far, people are coping, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a news conference. There's a possibility for flooding, strong winds and isolated tornadoes. A day earlier off Texas, the U.S. Coast Guard helped the four-member crew of a shrimp trawler limp to shore at Freeport after the crew radioed in distress amid fears of sinking.

McGill reported from New Orleans. Here is a glance at the latest radar image for the Tennessee Valley.

In Gulfport, Mississippi, Kathleen Bertucci said heavy rainfall Wednesday sent about 10 inches of water into her business, Top Shop, which sells and installs granite countertops. Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said there were no injuries but fences, trees and power lines were damaged.

"It's pretty disgusting, but I don't have flood insurance because they took me out of the flood zone", said Bertucci, whose store is near a bayou.

"We haven't heard of water getting into homes", Buller said.

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