UPDATE 12:16 p.m. EST: Cindy is now a tropical depression, but remains a threat.
UPDATE June 22, 7:11 a.m. EST: Tropical Storm Cindy has made landfall in southwest Louisiana.
ORIGINAL STORY: A 10-year-old boy in Alabama died Wednesday as Tropical Storm Cindy raged through the Gulf of Mexico toward the U.S. coast, according to USA Today.
The National Weather Service on Wednesday said that Cindy is sustaining winds of 50 mph as it nears the region. The organization added that the storm is expected to generate up to 15 inches of rain in parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama through late Thursday.
Michael Ciaglo, a staff photographer for The Houston Chronicle, on Wednesday shared pictures of the Galveston Police Department in Galveston, TX training its cadets as the storm neared.
The National Hurricane Center on Wednesday published its forecast track of Cindy’s expected path through the U.S.
Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA) on Wednesday reportedly declared a state of emergency in his state as Cindy approached the U.S. coast.
“The state’s emergency preparedness and response apparatus are taking Tropical Storm Cindy seriously, and we are calling on all Louisianans throughout the state to do so as well,” he said.
“Please do all you can to prepare for the worst while praying for the best,” Edwards added of the storm, which formed Tuesday.
The National Weather Service on Wednesday added that Cindy may produce “life-threatening flash floods along the central Gulf Coast.”
The White House also reportedly said that President Trump is being briefed on the storm’s impact as it hits the U.S.