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Heavy rains flood New Orleans streets in taste of storm ahead

Added 07-10-19 10:10:02pm EST - “New Orleans was hit with widespread flooding on Wednesday from heavy rain spawne...” - Reuters.com

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(Reuters) - New Orleans was hit with widespread flooding on Wednesday from heavy rain spawned from a weather system that forecasters warned could grow into a hurricane capable of causing severe inundation of the low-lying U.S. city.

The weather system churning in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to intensify this week into the second named tropical storm of the year, and ultimately the first Atlantic hurricane of 2019 as it heads closer to land, forecasters said.

New Orleans officials warned that a hurricane could bring a coastal storm surge into the mouth of the Mississippi River capable of raising the river’s height to 20 feet (6 meters) above sea level, high enough to overflow some sections of the levee system protecting the city.

The storm is most likely to make landfall west of New Orleans on Saturday, National Weather Service senior hurricane specialist Jack Beven said.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a statewide emergency on Wednesday. “No one should take this storm lightly,” he told a news conference.

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