Rain From Tropical Storm Forecast in W.Va.

Scattered heavy tropical-like rains will occur through Thursday. with or without a direct tropical storm hit.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A suspected tornado near Birmingham, Alabama, flattened businesses and injured one person Thursday, while the mayor of a coastal Louisiana town urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide - two lingering effects of a weakening Tropical Depression Cindy that was fueling harsh weather across the Southeast.

Cindy is expected to weaken Thursday into a tropical depression.

The Texas Department of Transportation says all state roads and bridges are open in the area.

Though strong tornadoes, winds of 80 miles per hour and golf ball-sized hail are not in the forecast, heavy amounts of rain is.

A general 2-4 inches of rain is forecast to fall over parts of the lower Mississippi, Tennessee and OH valleys, as well as the southern Appalachians on top of what falls through Wednesday.

The predicted heavy rainfall coincides with the one-year anniversary of the June 23, 2016 flood, which has been connected with at least 24 deaths and millions in property damage across parts of 18 counties, hitting Kanawha, Greenbrier, Nicholas and Clay the hardest.

The combination of saturated soil, heavy rain and hilly terrain can lead to unsafe flash flooding. He was killed Wednesday after a log, carried in by a large wave, struck him, according to Baldwin County sheriff's Capt. Stephen Arthur.

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Swimming is illegal during a double flag warning on the coast, and officials advise residents to play it safe.

Floating colonies of fire ants could form in flood waters as Tropical Storm Cindy trudges inland. "Floating colonies can look like ribbons, streamers or a ball of ants floating on the water", the warning adds.

They say the floating blobs contain all members of the colony, including worker ants, winged reproductive males and females, and queen ants.

Winds in excess of 62 miles per hour were measured in Cameron, Louisiana, with the sustained speed settling at 48 miles per hour.

The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on the storm Wednesday by Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert.

Never attempt to drive through flooded roads or cross barricades placed by emergency personnel.

Storm Cindy is made landfall with southwestern Louisiana at 10.00am (4.00 CDT) with torrential rain and 50mph winds expected to continue. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana National Guard moved high water vehicles and emergency supplies into the area.

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