Tropical storm puts Louisiana on high alert

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TIME — There’s a new storm to watch, this time threatening New Orleans and surrounding areas.

Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency as the brewing storm is feared to bring flash flooding. Experts are saying areas along the Gulf coast could be hit with 20 inches of rain.

The tropical depression is expected to be upgraded to a tropical storm, which will be named Lee, making it the 12th named storm this hurricane season. A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of Louisiana, including low-lying New Orleans, and Mississippi and Texas. Oil companies Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell have taken the precautionary measure of shutting down offshore platforms.

But the rains could be good news for Texas, which has been suffering from a severe drought.

Full Story: Tropical Storm Threatens Gulf Coast, Louisiana in State of Emergency