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Cindy, now a tropical depression, moving inland


Rain chances will increase this weekend across North Texas but it has nothing to do with Tropical Storm Cindy.

The main threat will be moderate to heavy rain with some severe weather moving east heading into the central Appalachians through Friday night before moving off the East Coast on Saturday.

(AP Photo/Jay Reeves). In this image taken from video, Erin West walks down a flooded street in her neighborhood after Tropical Storm Cindy, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Ocean Springs, Miss.

A turn toward the northeast is expected.

Stellman, who works in the weather service's Atlanta office, said rainfall is expected to worsen in North Georgia as the weekend creeps closer. "The best time frame to see that and maybe a strong storm is Friday night into Saturday".

Although Cindy is expected to continue weakening over the next 48 hours, the National Weather Service said the weather disturbance could still produce a few tornadoes Thursday night from the lower MS and Tennessee Valley regions to the central Gulf Coast.

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.

The storm claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy vacationing in Fort Morgan, AL, on Wednesday. The boy was standing near a waterfront condominium occupied by his family, visiting from St. Louis. He wasn't immediately identified. Cindy also caused widespread highway and street flooding and several short-lived tornadoes, but no other deaths or serious injuries were reported as of midday Thursday.

Prior to reaching land, the storm brought heavy winds and rain to some Southern states on Wednesday, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

The weather service's Mid-Atlantic River Forecast Center is predicting a half-inch to 1 inch of rain across most of New Jersey on Friday and Saturday, and 1.5 inches or more in parts of Pennsylvania. And more rain was on the way.

From East Texas to southern Mississippi, Cindy is expected to drop 3-6 inches of rain and some isolated areas could see up to 12 inches of rain, the National Weather Service said.

With a southerly flow of air, temperatures across New Jersey will be rising into the mid-to upper 80s on Thursday and Friday, creating some instability in the atmosphere as tropical moisture starts moving in, Johnson said. Some of the low-lying clouds were rotating, and gusty winds whipped across the landscape. The school district's superintendent says about 10 classrooms were damaged. "We're just trying to clean everything up and hope it doesn't happen again".

A waterspout came ashore in Biloxi, MS, causing damage. This Florida panhandle community was hit by a wave of severe weathe. Storms will be possible Sunday afternoon, especially across south Alabama, but coverage will be scattered in nature.

The weather service had issued tornado warnings earlier for the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa areas, and Gov. Kay Ivey had urged state residents to be alert for risky weather. He was among authorities stressing that the storm's danger wasn't limited to the coast.

In Alabama, streets were flooded and beaches were closed on the barrier island of Dauphin Island.

"We finally get a break and begin to dry out by Tuesday", Stellman said. "Nobody can cast a shrimp out in this kind of wind".

Alabama state officials say the insects known as red imported fire ants can present a potentially serious health threat to people and animals during severe flooding.

Off the coast of Texas, rough seas also led to the rescue of a shrimp trawler in danger of sinking. A helicopter crew lowered a spare pump to the trawler, allowing the crew to stay afloat while a cutter escorted the vessel to safety.

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