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First Tropical Storm Warning Issued for New Orleans, Gulf Coast

  • Storm probably won’t have major impact on offshore energy
  • Flooding rains possible across U.S. South this weekend
Hurricane Laura Threatens Gulf With Up To $12 Billion In Damage
Photographer: Bryan Tarnowski/Bloomberg

The U.S. Gulf coast is getting its first tropical-storm warnings of the year, stretching from Louisiana to Florida, including New Orleans, the National Hurricane Center said.

Though still not officially at tropical storm-strength, the system is gathering power in the Gulf of Mexico about 475 miles (764 kilometers) south of Morgan City, Louisiana, and is forecast to bring heavy rain and winds to the region over the next 36 hours.