1 year after deadly floods, West Virginia wary of vast storm


National Weather Service officials in the three states said rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 millimeters) were possible, with isolated amounts up to 6 inches (150 millimeters) in some areas.

Meteorologists expect a band of showers and thunderstorms to develop this morning, but scattered showers and storms will remain throughout the day.

The Gulf Coast was still suffering from the effects of Cindy, a former tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico that crawled ashore early Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas state line.

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Crews in Memphis, Tennessee, worked Thursday to clear storm drains to help prevent street flooding. Flash flood watches were in effect in much of Kentucky. Last June, torrential rains in West Virginia claimed 23 lives and memories are still vivid for many as recovery continues from that disaster.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy spun off a tornado in central Alabama, injuring at least four people and damaging a number of buildings and trees, emergency officials said.

The U.S. Storm Prediction Center said severe weather remains a lingering threat from the Southeast to western Pennsylvania.

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The storms stretching for hundreds of miles (kilometers) are expected to push river levels higher in coming days as the remnants of a tropical storm cross Tennessee and Kentucky into West Virginia. Given the abundant moisture across the region, rain may be heavy at times, and meteorologists can not rule out localized flooding.

"I had heard Tropical Storm Cindy mentioned", Clewley said. Cindy also caused widespread coastal highway and street flooding and several short-lived tornadoes, but no other deaths.

The storm then might moves east and creates a tendency to pour heavy rain in the areas of Louisiana, Mississippi Florida and Alabama, and also a possible flood situation for some time, said by the weather forecasters from National Weather Service Station situated in New Orleans. People reported damage throughout the area, including in McAdory, Fairfield and Ensley.

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