Storms swamp New Or­leans

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Jalana Fur­lough (left) car­ries her son Drew while Ter­rian Jones car­ries Chance Fur­lough through a flooded street Wed­nes­day in New Or­leans after sud­den rain­fall swamped the city. Lines of thun­der­storms ahead of a dis­tur­bance in the Gulf that fore­cast­ers said was on track to be­come a hur­ri­cane by the week­end bat­tered the city with as much as 8 inches of rain.

NEW OR­LEANS — A storm swamped New Or­leans streets and par­a­lyzed traf­fic Wed­nes­day as concerns grew that a pos­si­ble hur­ri­cane would strike the Gulf Coast and raise the Mis­sis­sippi River to the brim of the city’s pro­tec­tive lev­ees.

The storm was as­so­ci­ated with an atmospheri­c dis­tur­bance in the Gulf of Mex­ico that fore­cast­ers said was on track to strengthen into a hur­ri­cane by the week­end. The Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter ex­pected the sys­tem to be­come a trop­i­cal storm to­day and a hur­ri­cane on Fri­day.

Lines of thun­der­storms ranged far out into the Gulf and bat­tered New Or­leans, where as much as 8 inches of rain fell over a three-hour pe­riod Wed­nes­day morn­ing, of­fi­cials said.

Mis­sis­sippi and Texas were also at risk of tor­ren­tial rains.

In New Or­leans, streets turned into small, swift rivers that over­turned garbage cans and picked up pieces of float­ing wood. Wa­ter was up to the doors of many cars. Other ve­hi­cles were aban­doned. Kayak­ers pad­dled down some streets.

AP/MATTHEW HIN­TON

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