Thursday, 20 July, 2017

West Virginia Bracing For Remnants Of Cindy

Cindy expected to drench Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia - KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Area News Rounds of showers/storms today, heaviest rain arrives later tonight
Clarence Schmidt | 25 June, 2017, 01:53

What remains of Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to bring soaking rains throughout central Pennsylvania on Friday, according to forecasters with AccuWeather and the National Weather Service at State College.

Graham said this was just an early taste of what a hurricane season can bring and a reminder to be ready should a major storm come our way. That also doesn't necessarily mean anything extraordinary for us, though recent soggy weather has left us susceptible to some flooding risk, and we will likely see rain between Thursday evening and early Saturday, possibly an inch or more in many locations. A flash flood watch was issued for parts of East Texas.

A brief ceremony marking last year's fatal flooding took place Friday at the West Virginia Police Academy in Dunbar, where a bell was rung 23 times, for each who died.

Buckles said, if heavy rain occurs, the best option is to stay home. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice also signed a new law this week to coordinate the state's flood mitigation and response efforts through a new state office. 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.

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

Emergency crews helped some people from stranded vehicles in Muncie, Indiana, including a almost submerged SUV at a railroad underpass. Flooding is already a problem in dozens of communities, and before it's over some areas could see a foot of water or more.

High winds early Friday peeled off part of the roof from New Prairie High School near South Bend.

In Gulfport, Mississippi, Kathleen Bertucci said about 10 inches (250 millimeters) of rain water found its way into her business selling granite countertops.

There were no reports of injuries. Owing to the formation of a tropical storm, named Cindy, the National Hurricane Center has released a warning of the tropical storm for the Intracoastal City in Louisiana to the Mouth of the Pearl River.

On Friday, forecasters were trying to verify exactly how many tornadoes touched down in Alabama during Cindy's passage. National Weather Service officials said remnants continue to move northward with winds about 10 to 15 miles per hour.

Sheriff's deputies have responded to almost 40 rescue calls of people swimming in the gulf as the tropical storm brought heavy rain, high winds, and even water spouts to the Florida panhandle.

Still, the storm barely registered a blip for some in Memphis.

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