Cindy slams the gulf coast

Tropical Storm Cindy has come ashore in the gulf, bringing high winds and heavy rain and weakening to tropical depression Cindy.

With drenching rain and winds reaching 50 miles per hour, Cindy slammed into the gulf coast this morning; making landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border, but its bands reach far beyond.

Flooding some coastal communities with as much as 10 inches of rain leaving roads underwater and neighborhoods submerged.  Cindy forced some storm-hardy southerners riding out the first tropical system to hit this season, to evacuate at the last second.

Leigh Anne Lynch said, "The water has risen so high it was fixing to get into our truck and we couldn't just let our truck sit there flood out so we gathered some of our belongings and we left.. Thank God nobody was hurt, this is terrible."

In Mississippi waterspouts formed, then came ashore along Florida's panhandle, a reported tornado left all of the damage.
 
States of emergency declared in Louisiana and Alabama, where the storm is blamed for at least one death.  A ten year old on the beach with his family yesterday hit by a 200 lb. log. Sherriff Hoss Mack tells us, "the child sustained very severe head injuries. Had to be pulled from underneath the timber."
 
In Galveston, Texas, beach patrol rescued tourists after their vehicle was stuck on the beach.  And officials warn, the threat isn't over.  There are ongoing concerns about flash floods and the risk of tornadoes continues as the storm weakens and moves inland.  
 
 
 
Marci Gonzalez, ABC News
 

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