The Latest: Flash flood watch issued for Alabama Gulf coast

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Deep South (all times local):

8:45 a.m.

Forecasters in Alabama say a flash flood watch is in effect Friday along the Alabama Gulf coast.

National Weather Service meteorologists say they expect an additional 2.2 inches of rain to fall on Friday in areas near Mobile, Alabama, with higher amounts possible in some areas.

On Friday morning, forecasters said the potential for heavier rainfall increases toward the Alabama coast.


7 a.m.

Heavy rain and street flooding have prompted five school districts in southeast Louisiana to cancel classes.

St. James, Washington, Tangipahoa (tan-jih-puh-HOH’) and St. Tammany parishes and the Bogalusa (bohg-uh-LOOS’-uh) City School District announced early Friday schools would be closed due to weather and flooding concerns.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says high water has closed Interstate 55 southbound near Amite.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Washington Tangipahoa, Livingston, West Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge and portions of St. Tammany, Pointe Coupee and Ascension parishes until 1 p.m. Friday.

The weather service said in a statement at an addition 3 to 5 inches could fall over the warned area.

All of southeast Louisiana remains under a flood watch until Saturday morning.

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