- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Forecasters have issued a flash flood watch for much of the northern Gulf Coast as a broad low pressure system threatens to dump more than 10 inches of rain in places.

The watch issued Tuesday by the National Weather Service includes the western Florida Panhandle, the entire Alabama coast and two inland counties in southeastern Mississippi.

The watch continues through Friday morning.

The weather service says rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches are possible in the region, and isolated spots could get twice that much rain.

Weather service meteorologist Andrew Ansorge (AN’-sor-gee) in Slidell, Louisiana, says no severe weather is in the forecast, but some isolated thunderstorms are possible.

He says the greatest risk will be frequent lightning strikes and wind gust of 30 to 40 mph.

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