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Louisiana is hit by a powerful tropical storm

Louisiana is hit by a powerful tropical storm

A state of emergency in Louisiana as the coast prepares for a gulf storm. Warnings have been issued from the coast of central Louisiana to the AlabamaFlorida border as a potential tropical cyclone approaches.

Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency Thursday as the region will be hit by heavy rains and other effects of an approaching tropical system weeks before hurricane season officially begins.

This third potential tropical cyclone this year is in the Gulf of Mexico and is forecast to bring tropical storms to a large U.S. area along the coast starting Friday.

The National Weather Service said about 50 centimeters of rain could fall in the New Orleans area, with wind speeds of 50 kilometers per hour with stronger gusts. But all of southern Louisiana is expected to be affected, Governor John Bel Edwards said.

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