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Remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy threaten United States southeast with flooding

Nellie Chapman | 29 June, 2017, 08:59

Remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy, now officially a Tropical Depression, are making their way through Tennessee, and the National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch that includes counties in southern and eastern Middle Tennessee. Memphis Light Gas and Water reported that as many as 10,000 customers were without power Friday morning, and local media reports said heavy rain and winds also caused traffic problems there as the storm raked its way over the state. Highs will be in the 70s through early next week.

The storm made landfall early Thursday near the Louisiana and Texas border, according Walker. Rain bands spinning off of Tropical Depression Cindy spread drenching rains across the Southeast and into the Midwest on Friday, triggering scattered flash flood warnings in several states including West Virginia, whose residents are still recovering from deadly floods one year ago.

Heavy rains are expected to push river and lake levels higher over the next few days as remnants of the one-time tropical storm cross Tennessee and Kentucky and take aim at West Virginia. Low-lying roads in many areas were being covered with water.

Those thunderstorms could cause isolated flash flooding, but forecasters say widespread flooding is unlikely.

Additional rainfall of 1"-3" is likely, with locally higher amounts.

Stacy Vondran, who owns the ladies' boutique Tinkled Pink on Oak Street, said she was rearranging merchandise and putting out sandbags Thursday in case of flooding.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency will be staffing its operations center in Nashville on Friday and Saturday to coordinate any requests for assistance.

CORRECTS STATE FROM ALABAMA TO MISSISSIPPI -The Pascagoula River spills over its banks as tropical storm Cindy dropped heavy rain in the area, Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Merrill, Miss.

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.

The National Weather Service says an EF-2 twister with winds as strong as 120 miles per hour (120 kph) struck just outside Birmingham on Thursday.