One dead as Cindy weakens, moves north
Friday, June 23, 2017, 8:58 AM - Cindy, now a tropical depression, was producing heavy rainfall in the Mississippi Valley, about 40 km southeast of Little Rock, Arkansas as of 5 a.m. Friday.
While further weakening is expected, Cindy will continue to produce heavy rain, with up to 380 mm possible in some isolated locations across the Gulf Coast states by the time the storm peters out. The rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm has claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy from Missouri. The boy was struck by a log that a large wave dislodged as he stood near the shore in Fort Morgan, Alabama, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.
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In addition to the deluge, two tornadoes were reported about 6 km northwest of Biloxi, Mississippi. Two more were reported on the northwest coast of Florida, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and more tornadoes are possible from this system as it continues to penetrate deeper into the North American continent.
Thousands of power outages have been reported, including some 12,000 in the metro Birmingham area in Alabama. That state's governor was forced to declare a state of emergency Wednesday as the ground was already saturated due to heavy rainfall over the last three to four weeks, CNN reports.
Due to flood risk, the city of Biloxi, Mississippi also declared a state of emergency.
Moisture from the depression will play a key role in Eastern Canada's next storm system, which will bring impacts from southern Ontario through Atlantic Canada this weekend.
How will Cindy impact Canada?
"The track of Tropical Storm Cindy will keep it well south of the Canadian border with no direct impact on Canadian weather," says The Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "However, tropical moisture in the upper levels of the atmosphere will stream north ahead of a cold front, which will cross southern Ontario and southern Quebec late Friday, and Atlantic Canada Friday night into Saturday. This moisture will enhance rainfall totals for parts of the region during Thursday and Friday with localized torrential downpours."
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement ahead of Saint-Jean-Baptiste festivities for several bands of rain that will affect areas along the St. Lawrence River on Friday, including the Eastern Townships.
Moisture from the remnants of Cindy is expected to enhance the rainfall.
"The rain will crash the party even more in the Outaouais and Laurentians regions, over central Quebec and in the Quebec City region," says the weather agency. "Lastly, fireworks might not be the only thing illuminating the sky as thunderstorms may affect southern Quebec."