Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall near Texas-Louisiana border

(CNN) — Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall Thursday in southwestern Louisiana, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to the already soaked US Gulf Coast.

The center of the storm hit just south of Lake Charles, Louisiana, the National Weather Center’s Hurricane Center said.

But the heaviest downpours are expected in East Texas, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

As the storm moves northwest, the Gulf Coast will continue seeing heavy rains, winds of 40-50 mph and increased moisture, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

Later on Thursday, Cindy should weaken to a tropical depression and become a remnant low, the National Hurricane Center said on its latest advisory.

The storm put millions under high alert of “life-threatening flash flooding” since Tuesday and already has claimed at least one life.

A 10-year-old boy died Wednesday in Fort Morgan, Alabama, when he was struck by a log that was being carried by a wave, the Baldwin County sheriff’s office said.