Cindy expected to drench Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia
- Author: Jon Douglas Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 1:09
The storm, which combined with a cold front as it entered the Mountain State Friday, didn't cause widespread severe flooding but heavy winds did some damage.
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The weather Friday was arriving on the anniversary of torrential rains and flooding that left 23 people dead in West Virginia a year ago.
Parts of northern Drew county received upwards of 4 inches of rain between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Friday morning, and many areas in and east of Jefferson County have received 3-4 inches of rain.
The Gulf disturbance is anticipated to become a Tropical Storm Cindy or tropical depression shortly.
The U.S. Storm Prediction Center said severe storms pose a lingering threat from the Southeast into western Pennsylvania.
Emergency crews helped some people from stranded vehicles in Muncie, Indiana, including a almost submerged SUV at a railroad underpass. Water covered a street in Merrill, Mississippi, about 25 miles (40 km) from Leakesville.
Cindy was blamed for one death: Nolan McCabe, 10, of St. Louis, Missouri, was vacationing with family on the Alabama coast when he was hit by a log carried in on a big wave. Several businesses were damaged and at least four people were hurt.
Still, the storm barely registered attention for some.
The major rivers, the OH and Kanawha, will likely be rising over the next few days from the Friday night rain but flooding is not expected.
Crews in Memphis, Tennessee, worked Thursday to clear storm drains to help prevent street flooding. 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.
McGill reported from New Orleans.