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Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Long stretch of Gulf Coast eyes Tropical Storm Cindy

Long stretch of Gulf Coast eyes Tropical Storm Cindy

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. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area on Wednesday.

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.

According to WKRG, the little boy suffered severe facial trauma after possibly being injured by debris from the storm. The family, from Missouri, was vacationing in the area.

The storm was centred early Wednesday afternoon about 270 kilometres southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana and had top sustained winds of 85 kph.

The storm is moving northwest at 8 miles per hour early Wednesday morning with a track that has it making landfall on the Louisiana-Texas border on Wednesday evening.

A waterspout came ashore in Biloxi, MS.

There were widespread reports of street and road flooding along the Gulf Coast as far east as Florida, where the National Park Service reported the bridge between Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach was closed. Tornado warnings were also issued for Hancock County, MS.

The storm was moving northwest at almost 10 miles (17 km) per hour, and forecasters said they expect this motion to continue and landfall to be made along the Texas-Louisiana border, home to some of the nation's largest refineries.

Tropical Storm Cindy is moving northwestward across the Gulf of Mexico toward an expected landfall early Thursday morning near the Texas-Louisiana border.

Spots from Louisiana west to the Florida Panhandle have experienced flooding Wednesday as bands of storms made their way onshore.

The tropical disturbance is forecast to move toward the Louisiana Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The weather service has warned that the storm brings the threat of "life-threatening flash flooding".

The National Hurricane Center has discontinued the TROPICAL STORM WARNING north and east of the mouth of the Mississippi River, including Metro New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain.

As the storm comes ashore, the coast could also face strong winds of up to 50 miles per hour. Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said there were no injuries but fences, trees and power lines were damaged.

Forecasters expect the storm to turn north-northwest before turning north prior to landfall, with not much change in strength.

It won't be a direct hit but Tropical Storm Cindy will have an impact on our weather over the next couple of days. Rainfall should spread northeastward across Arkansas and into portions of the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys through Friday, with total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts possible.

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