Cindy expected to drench Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia

Cindy weakened to a tropical depression Thursday morning but still brought heavy rain, powerful winds and the threat of floods to the already soaked US Gulf Coast.

Gulf Coast states were in for a third day of rough weather as Tropical Storm Cindy sloshed ashore early Thursday in southwestern Louisiana.

The storm's maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 40 miles per hour (64 kph) Thursday morning with additional weakening expected, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

National Weather Service statistics show roughly 12 inches of rain had fallen in some spots along the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coasts since Tuesday.

The capital city and surrounding area can expect between 2 to 3 inches of rainfall from late Thursday into early Saturday, meteorologist Chris Buonanno said. There is also the threat of damaging wind gusts with severe cells closer to the path of the circulation center over Kentucky this evening, primarily a risk for far southern OH, with a slight risk of an isolated tornado.

The expected wallop from Tropical Storm Cindy mostly failed to materialize in Louisiana on W...

"The storm is expected to move up into Louisiana Thursday where it will be absorbed by an approaching cold front moving in from the Plains", Guy said. The storm will then move into Tennessee later Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has been holding briefings for emergency managers statewide Wednesday and Thursday with another scheduled Friday morning, spokesman Lawrence Messina said. Buckles said this situation, which is often overlooked, is one of the biggest threats NWS faces each year.

The Biloxi River has risen 13 feet because of Tropical Storm Cindy.

The Gulf disturbance is anticipated to become a Tropical Storm Cindy or tropical depression shortly.

The storm was on track to work its way north through Tennessee and cut across northern Virginia before heading back out to sea, Walker said.

Cindy is just the second tropical storm to form in the Atlantic since the hurricane season officially began on June 1. 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.

In Tennessee, Memphis Light Gas and Water reported that as many as 10,000 customers were without power Friday morning, amid local reports of heavy rain, gusting winds and some morning traffic snarls.

He said only a portion of East Houston got several inches of rain.

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