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Southwest Louisiana was emerging from downpours that have rivers and streams across the area at or approaching flood stage. That probably will affect mostly streets along the river, where most homes are built up high enough to avoid flooding, weather service hydrologist Jonathan Brazzell said.

Minor flooding also was reported and predicted in southeast Louisiana.

By late Thursday morning the worst of the rain was over southeast Louisiana.

In Breaux Bridge, St. Martin Parish authorities said high wind tipped over a trailer, but the occupant was not injured.

Most hunting in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area in St. Tammany Parish will close Friday because of high water and reopen when the river drops below 16.5 feet at Pearl River, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday. Waterfowl hunting will remain open.

Lafayette, Acadia, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes were among those where the bad weather closed schools.

The New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course canceled races scheduled Thursday.