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    Drenching, Gusty Storms Aim for New Orleans

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
    July 12, 2013, 1:31:32 PM EDT

    A cluster of drenching, gusty thunderstorms will roll across southern Mississippi and Alabama, southeastern Louisiana and part of the Florida Panhandle Thursday.

    The storms bring a risk of flash, urban and low-lying area flooding, as well as the potential for downed trees and power outages in some communities. Expect travel delays at area airports and along part of the I-10 corridor.


    Cities in the path of the storms include Mobile, Ala., Pensacola, Fla., Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss., and New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La.

    The overall weather pattern through the weekend and beyond will continue to favor pockets of drenching and locally gusty thunderstorms.

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    A couple of waterspouts and short-lived tornadoes can also be produced in the weather pattern Thursday into the weekend.

    Wet conditions that have been so common in areas farther east across the South will spread westward into next week.

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