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Cindy: More rain in Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia

Cindy: More rain in Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia

Periods of showers and thunderstorms are expected tonight into Saturday.

Forecasters predict thunderstorms spawned from Tropical Storm Cindy will move into southern Arkansas Thursday night and begin to spread, bringing heavy rain south and east of Little Rock into Friday.

The National Weather Service said the MS coast received almost a foot of rain over the four-day period ending Saturday, the most in the region.

On Friday evening, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice planned to join a candlelight service at Rainelle United Methodist Church in one of his state's worst-hit flood areas of 2016.

In addition to heavy rainfall, Cindy spun up tornadoes in several states, including near Birmingham, AL.

Meanwhile, flash flood watches and warnings remain in effect across areas of the Southeast as Cindy trudges northeastward.

The storms stretching for hundreds of miles (kilometers) are expected to push river levels higher in coming days as the remnants of a tropical storm cross Tennessee and Kentucky into West Virginia. There may also be a few strong wind gusts in more intense storms. A fair weather day is expected with temperatures right around seasonal norms.

The Gulf of Mexico region is home to about 17 percent of U.S. crude and 5 percent of dry natural gas output, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The western portion of the state is expected to be the most likely area to experience an isolated, short-lived tornado, according to the NWS, which rated the possibility of a twister taking shape as marginal to slight. Early Friday, high winds also peeled off part of the roof from a high school near South Bend.

"If there's not so much rain, it could end up being beneficial", the farmer from Almyra said.

"The tornado potential should peak mid-late afternoon and generally ramp down overnight (but not go away altogether), amidst weaker boundary-layer instability, lower convective coverage, and more nebulous foci", says the agency in a summery.