Alabama Power reports that up to 15-thousand homes in Mobile County are without electricity this morning as powerful winds from Tropical Storm Cindy blow across southwest Alabama.
Meanwhile, Mobile County Schools spokesperson Nancy Pierce says
summer school classes are canceled today.
Flooding is the major worry for people along the Mississippi and Alabama coast as Cindy moves ashore today.
A tornado watch is in effect until 10 a-m for southwest Alabama and northwest Florida. There's also a flash flood warning in effect until 8:30 a-m for Mobile, Baldwin and Washington counties.
The storm crossed the southeastern tip of Louisiana late last night and headed toward Mississippi for a second landfall. Although Cindy has weakened some, authorities cautioned people in low-lying areas to be prepared for possible evacuations because of heavy rains and a four-to-seven foot storm surge. Cindy now has top winds of 60 miles an hour.
Coastal residents are concerned not only by Cindy but also by Tropical Storm Dennis, which could make its way from the Caribbean to Florida by late this week.