- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch that stretches along the Gulf coast from southeast Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

The flood watch is effect from Wednesday evening through some areas until Saturday morning.

The weather service statement says periods of moderate to heavy rain are expected through Friday across portions of interior southeast Mississippi, coastal southwest Alabama and the northwest Florida Panhandle.

The weather service says significant rainfall accumulations may lead to flash flooding. Rainfall accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are possible, with higher totals in some areas.

In southeast Louisiana, an abundance of tropical moisture could push rain totals through Saturday to between 5 and 8 inches, with some locally higher amounts close to 10 inches.

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