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US Gulf braces for rain from tropical depression
Gulf coast braces for heavy rain from tropical depression; up to 20 inches predicted
By The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) ' A slow-moving tropical depression was slogging toward the U.S. Gulf coast Friday, packing walloping rains that could drench the region with up to 20 inches (50 centimeters).

In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he was concerned about the serious threat of flash flooding in his state and he declared a state of emergency Thursday. After devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005, nothing is being taken for granted.

The depression could become Tropical Storm Lee, the 12th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.



Tropical storm warnings were issued from Mississippi to Texas including New Orleans. The National Hurricane Center said the system will dump large amounts of rain over southern areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama through Sunday.


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