The Latest on Tropical Storm Cindy
Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early this morning, and effects from the storm are still being felt across much of the northern Gulf Coast including Alabama.
Storm-related conditions have already been blamed for one death in Alabama. A ten-year-old boy from Missouri on vacation with his family in Fort Morgan, Ala. was standing outside their condominium when he was struck and killed by a log carried by storm surge.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Alabama that is still in effect.
The National Weather Service has issued several watches and warnings for various parts of Alabama. On the Gulf Coast, several flood warnings, coastal flood warnings and areal flood warnings are in effect as rivers and coastlines rise above flood stage. A tornado watch is in effect until 1 p.m. this afternoon for much of south Alabama and the Black Belt, as thunderstorms produced by the tropical storm show potential for developing tornadoes.
But weather experts say the greatest threat related to the storm is flash flooding. All of south Alabama and much of central and northwest Alabama is under a flash flood watch that will remain in effect until late tonight.
Officials in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach as well as much of the Florida panhandle say beaches are "closed until further notice" due to high surf and life-threatening rip currents.
We will continue to update this article as conditions change or additional information becomes available.