The Latest: Tropical Storm Olga forms in Gulf of Mexico

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on tropical storms (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Forecasters say Tropical Storm Olga has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Friday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected to soon merge with a cold front and become a post-tropical low with gale force winds.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was centered about 260 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

No coastal tropical cyclone watches or warnings are currently in effect.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Pablo has formed in the northeast Atlantic. The small storm is moving east-southeast. There are no coastal tropical cyclone watches or warnings in effect.

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10:45 a.m.

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 became a tropical depression early Friday in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm’s center was 320 miles (515 kilometers) south-southwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana. It had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph).

Forecasters say coastal Louisiana could receive as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain Friday and Saturday; 6 inches (15 centimeters) 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.

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