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Millions face flooding risk as storm strengthens in Gulf of Mexico


Added 07-11-19 09:18:02am EST - “Powerful rains lashed parts of the Deep South Thursday morning, packing winds just short of tropical storm status ?" with the potential to develop into a Category 1 hurricane by the end of the?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Millions face flooding risk as storm strengthens in Gulf of Mexico”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Powerful rains lashed parts of the Deep South Thursday morning, packing winds just short of tropical storm status — with the potential to develop into a Category 1 hurricane by the end of the week, forecasters warned.

Flash flood watches are in effect from south-central Louisiana to the western Florida panhandle — affecting more than 4 million people — as the storm passes over the warm waters, CNN reported, according to the network’s meteorologist Haley Brink.

The storm packed maximum sustained winds of 30 mph on Thursday — and if the winds increase to 39 mph, the system will officially become Tropical Storm Barry, the outlet reported.

But even before it becomes a tropical storm, it will slam the region with heavy rains, causing flash flooding that could dangerously raise the levels of the Mississippi River, according to the report.

Southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, in addition to the western Florida panhandle, will take the greatest hit on Thursday, according to Brink.

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