NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A slow-moving tropical depression slogging toward the Gulf coast is packing walloping rains that could drench the region with up to 20 inches.
Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency because of the threat of flash flooding.
In Alabama, Gov. Robert Bentley has ordered state emergency management and other agencies to be ready to respond if needed.
Emergency officials along Mississippi's Gulf Coast expect to get plans in place Friday to deal with the effects from the tropical depression. Jackson County spokesman Ken Flanagan says conference calls are scheduled with Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, along with weather officials.
Tropical storm warnings are issued from Mississippi to Texas, including New Orleans.
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