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Recap: Tropical Storm Cindy aftermath on the Gulf Coast

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Waves crash against a home on the water on the West End of Dauphin Island. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles. Waves crash against a home on the water on the West End of Dauphin Island. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles.
GULF COAST, AL (WALA) -

As fans cheer on the Baybears Friday night, they're also celebrating a day without torrential downpours...finally. With the sun shining, looks like Mother Nature is calming down.

For the past few days, it's been anything but calm. What people thought would be a relaxing getaway on Gulf Coast beaches, turned into a windy, rainy headache with the arrival of Tropical Storm Cindy. 

From Mobile to Dauphin Island, and across the Florida panhandle Monday, officials started getting ready for the first tropical storm of the season. On Tuesday, it was clear why. 

Double red flags were up in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach shortly after that; the storm churning up the waves to impressive heights. Officials were warning vacationers not to get in the water.  

Dauphin Island was getting battered by the wind and rain, and flooding was already becoming a huge problem. The water in the West End rose two feet in some places.

Still out in the Gulf, Cindy was inching closer, and getting stronger. On Wednesday, that power showed. 

That's when the tropical storm spawned tornadoes. One touched down in Fort Walton Beach, leaving residents with a lot to clean up after trees toppled on homes. Thankfully no one was hurt. 

A miracle there, but tragedy in Baldwin County. Just hours after that tornado, Tropical Storm Cindy claimed the life of 10-year-old Nolan McCabe, who was walking on the beach in Fort Morgan with his family. He was visiting from Missouri. 

Baldwin County officials say the boy was struck by 14-foot piece of timber that was launched onto the beach by the waves. The boy died before help arrived. The devastating story touching Governor Kay Ivey during an update on the storm. 

And another tragedy in Fort Morgan Friday. A man died after trying to help his kids in the waters off the Fort Morgan Peninsula, proving the Gulf waters are still angry from the storm.

On Thursday, the Port City got a taste of those raging waters. In just hours, the Causeway became part of Mobile Bay, the waves crashing over the walls and into the road. Both directions of the Causeway were closed for a while until the flooding went down.

It's clear that Tropical Storm Cindy left behind a big mess all over the Gulf Coast, and a new appreciation for the summer sun.

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