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Flash floods ravage Gulf Coast states as storms dump hard rain

A NOAA satellite image August 12, 2016.
Source: NOAA
A NOAA satellite image August 12, 2016.

Strong storms sent flood waters racing through neighborhoods and towns along the Gulf Coast area Friday morning, and the National Weather Service advised residents in large swaths of Louisiana and Mississippi to seek higher ground.

Twitter postings show homes with water up to first-floor windows in parts of Louisiana and water-logged cars stalled out in tire-covering floods.

Greensburg, Louisiana, was largely cut off by flooding Friday morning, according to The Weather Channel. More flooding is expected as the storms churn slowly over the region.

Louisiana State University closed its campus because of the weather Friday, as did Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge.

On Thursday, forecasters warned that the U.S. could face up to four major hurricanes out of the Atlantic this year.