Cindy leaves path of damage

Several states are still tallying up the damages from Tropical Storm Cindy.

BY HEATHER MOYER | BALTIMORE | July 8, 2005


While many people are anxiously watching Hurricane Dennis right now, others are tallying up the damages from Tropical Storm Cindy.

The storm caused threes deaths in the south earlier this week. Cindy's remnants are now drenching parts of the eastern seaboard, with some sections of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York receiving up to two and three inches of rain in only 24 hours. Flood warnings are posted for much of the region.

The storm made landfall in southeastern Louisiana early Wednesday, bringing with it high surf and winds of up to 70 miles per hour. According to a spokesperson for the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LOHSEP), Cindy ended up surprising some residents.

"It was significantly worse than people expected," said Mark Smith, a public information officer for LOHSEP. "(Cindy)'s winds jumped up about 20 miles per hour right before she hit, so that took it from a very little tropical storm to almost hurricane strength."

Smith said from the Grand Isle area up to the border of Mississippi, a fairly wide area suffered minor wind damage and minor low level flooding.

One person was injured when a tree fell on a home in St. Tammany Parish. Thousands are still without power. He added that damage assessments are not yet complete and the focus now has mostly turned toward watching Hurricane Dennis.

Damage assessments continue in Mississippi as well. More than 3,000 people are still without power in the state's Gulf coast counties. No injuries or deaths have been reported, but 12 homes were flooded and one was destroyed by the wind in Jackson County. Nine businesses in the county also suffered damages.

Damage in Alabama was similar as the storm spawned several tornadoes in Mobile and Autauga counties. Minor home damage was reported. One man died when his car spun off a slippery road in Washington County.

Tropical Storm Cindy is also being blamed for two deaths in Georgia. One was traffic-related and another man was killed when raging waters sucked him into a culvert.

Tornadoes also caused damage across the state. The Atlanta Motor Speedway was severely damaged, and homes in Clayton, Henry, and Spalding Counties suffered tornado damage as well. More than 10 were destroyed and another 20 to 30 suffered major damage. The storm dropped as much as four inches of rain in the region, forcing the evacuation of some areas and causing damage to several hundred homes.

Parts of North and South Carolina, and Virginia suffered from Cindy's heavy rains as well. The remnants are expected to move off the East Coast later this weekend.


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