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Storm remnants move northeast

Tropical depression Cindy was traveling northeastward on Thursday, leaving flooding in its wake.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | July 7, 2005

Tropical depression Cindy was traveling northeastward on Thursday, leaving flooding in its wake. The stormís winds were about 20 mph with gusts near 30 mph.

At least two deaths in Georgia were blamed on Cindy, which plowed through the western and northern parts of that state on Wednesday. The storm dumped more than 5 inches of rain in some areas, the National Weather Service said.

Flood watches were posted for north and central Georgia into Thursday, and a flood watch in the northeast mountains was posted through Thursday night. Emergency management reports from Henry County indicate there was a possible tornado there. Potential tornado damage was also being investigated in Heard, Meriwether, Coweta and Fayette counties.

More than 30,000 people in that state lost power but Georgia Power reported it did not expect long-term power outages.

Cindy was moving into South Carolina by early Thursday morning. That state posted a flash flood watch and a tornado watch in Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union and York counties.

Emergency management officials in South Carolina were concerned that the ground is already saturated. Some parts of the state have received 11 inches of rain in the past five weeks.

Cindy came ashore in Louisiana late Tuesday, moving over the barrier island resort town of Grand Isle. Street flooding in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana was reported, but residential damage was still largely unknown on Thursday morning.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will open a Regional Response Coordination Center in Atlanta to address damages from Tropical Storm Cindy and also prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Dennis, which was churning toward Jamaica on Thursday, and could make landfall in the U.S. anywhere from Florida to Louisiana as early as this weekend.


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