Live updates: Gulf storm approaches US coast

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New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has declared a state of emergency for the city ahead of the storm.

“Because of intense thunderstorms, and the further potential for tropical or hurricane force winds and further thunderstorms, New Orleans may experience more widespread localized severe flooding and gale force winds that could result in the endangerment and threat of life, injury and possible property damage,” she said in a statement.

About the system: The National Hurricane Center predicts Tropical Storm Barry will form in the Gulf of Mexico by Thursday and strengthen to a hurricane by Saturday, when it’s expected to make landfall in Louisiana.

The tropical system has already spawned its first tornado warning and flash flood emergency, both in the New Orleans area.

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