Heavy rains dousing South as tropical disturbance looms

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Parts of the drought-parched South are under flood watches and warnings with forecasters saying as much as 10 inches of rain could fall.

The National Weather service says an advancing cold front will collide with a weather disturbance that could briefly become a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico.

Forecasters say coastal Louisiana could receive as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain Friday and Saturday, and 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain was possible across a wide section of Mississippi.

Rainfall totals ranging from 1 to 4 inches (2.5 to 10 centimeters) are possible from Alabama to South Carolina.

A flood watch extended from the northern Gulf coast to southern Arkansas and southwestern Alabama. Much of the region has been in a drought for weeks.

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