NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A potential tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico presents twin troubles for parts of southeast Louisiana.

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It could contribute to the rising of an already high Mississippi River, with water reaching the tops of levees this weekend. And there is also the widespread danger of flash floods like the one that walloped New Orleans on Wednesday. Officials said that storm dumped as much as 8 inches in parts of the metro area in three hours.

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The Gulf disturbance that spawned the floods was forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm by Thursday night.

Forecasters said Louisiana could see up to 12 inches of rain by Monday. Some areas could get 18 inches.

Mississippi and Texas were also at risk of torrential rains.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm.

Stay with KTBS 3 News on the air and on-line for continuous updates over the coming days.

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