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A potential tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico is moving toward Louisiana. It could put New Orleans’ river levees to the test.

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  • New Orleans was hit with flash floods today as a band of rainy weather in the Gulf of Mexico inches closer to the Louisiana coast.
  • The water is likely to keep rising: The weather pattern is expected to develop into a tropical storm or possibly a hurricane by Friday.
  • The storm could be the hardest test ever for New Orleans's river levees along the Mississippi. Forecasters warn that the river may reach levels of 19 feet — the highest since 1950.
  • As the planet and its oceans warm due to climate change, hurricanes are likely to get wetter and more frequent.
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Bourbon Street is halfway under water today.

A weather system over the Gulf of Mexico dumped six to nine inches of rain on New Orleans by Wednesday evening, forcing the National Weather Service (NWS) to declare a "flash flood emergency" as waters rose.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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