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

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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. Areas along and north of the Interstate 20 corridor have received heavy rains within the last week with 1 to 1.25 inches occurring last evening across portions of the watch area. A Flash Flood Watch will expire at 11pm Friday night.

On Thursday afternoon, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a new law to co-ordinate the state's flood mitigation and response efforts with a new state resiliency office.

By 7 this evening showers start to become more spotty in nature. the heaviest and steadiest of showers move to the east and also take the cloud cover with it.

Meanwhile, 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. Cindy also caused widespread coastal highway and street flooding and several short-lived tornadoes, but no other deaths.

In Alabama, the weather service said, an EF-2 twister with winds up to 120 miles per hour (190 kph) struck just outside Birmingham Thursday.

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The U.S. Storm Prediction Center said severe storms pose a lingering threat from the Southeast into western Pennsylvania.

Still, the storm barely registered attention for some. She said she didn't even hear the rain overnight though she acknowledged "my air conditioning is very loud".

"I had heard Tropical Storm Cindy mentioned", Clewley said.

McGill reported from New Orleans.

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