Louisiana issues state of emergency as potential tropical storm takes aim: Latest
The tropical threat is set to make landfall early Saturday.
June 18, 2021, 2:30 PM
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A tropical threat churning in the Gulf of Mexico is taking aim at the Gulf Coast — and is forecast to strengthen into tropical storm Claudette.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle as the region prepares for heavy rain, gusty winds and potential flash flooding.
The tropical threat is set to make landfall early Saturday just west of New Orleans.
The heaviest rainfall may be just east of New Orleans into Mississippi and Alabama.
Five states from Louisiana to Georgia are on flash flood alert. Some areas could see near 1 foot of rain.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued a state of emergency. The governor warned that after severe flooding last month, river levels are still high and drainage ditches are still full. Louisiana was especially hard-hit last hurricane season.