In Northwest Florida, which has been inundated with heavy rain the past couple days, the National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning until 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Around 3 a.m. Thursday, according to The Weather Channel, Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in Louisiana, arriving on a track west-southwest of Lake Charles, which is located just east of the Texas state line.
The storm — which made landfall between Cameron, Louisiana, and Port Arthur, Texas — was moving 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph with higher gusts.
In Northwest Florida, which has been inundated with heavy rain the past couple days, the National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning until 12:30 p.m. today.
That is just one of several weather advisories in effect: Thursday — A Tornado Watch is in effect until 1 p.m., while a Wind Advisory and Coastal Flood Advisory are in effect until 6 p.m.; Friday — A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 1 a.m. and a High Surf Advisory until 6 a.m.
The National Hurricane Center had in place a Tropical Storm Warning from High Island, Texas, to Morgan City, Louisiana.
The Weather Channel stated in an early report Thursday that "Lake Charles, Louisiana, experienced flash flooding Wednesday evening. Knee-deep water was reported on some roads, along with on/off ramps under water. There were also reports of stranded motorists across Lake Charles."
NHC has forecast that the center of Cindy will move into southeastern Arkansas early Friday and into Tennessee later on Friday.
Continued weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Cindy should weaken to a tropical depression by Thursday afternoon and become a remnant low tonight.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
RAINFALL: 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. Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches over southern Mississippi, southern and central Alabama and extreme western Florida Panhandle are expected through Friday morning. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.
Rainfall is expected to begin and expand across parts of the Tennessee and Ohio valleys. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 4 inches are expected through Friday morning.
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are affecting portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area. These conditions should subside in a few hours.
STORM SURGE: Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is expected along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area. Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is also possible elsewhere along the coast from southeastern Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle in areas of strong onshore winds.
TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible through tonight from the lower Mississippi and Tennessee Valley regions to the central Gulf Coast.
Previous Report: Wednesday
A boy on an Alabama beach was struck and killed by a log washed ashore by storm surge from Tropical Storm Cindy, which spun bands of severe weather ashore from the Florida Panhandle to east Texas as it churned ever closer to the Gulf Coast.
Baldwin County Sheriff's Capt. Stephen Arthur said witnesses reported the 10-year-old boy from Missouri was standing outside a condominium in Fort Morgan when the log, carried in by a large wave, struck him. Arthur said the youth was vacationing with his family from the St. Louis area and that relatives and emergency workers tried to revive him. He wasn't immediately identified.
In a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the waves at the time of the death were at least 10 to 12 feet high, Mack estimated. The log was about 14 feet long and weighed several hundred pounds, Mack said.
The sheriff's office said chaplains were attempting to help the family because they are far from home, according to the Post-Dispatch story.
It was the first known fatality from Cindy.