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Sep 2, 2011 1:19 PM by AP

Voluntary evacuations in La. coast communities

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With a slow-moving tropical weather system threatening the northern Gulf Coast, voluntary evacuations were called in two coastal Louisiana communities.

The evacuations were called Friday in southern Lafourche Parish and on Grand Isle, a barrier island resort town that's especially vulnerable to tropical weather.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect from Mississippi to Texas. The National Hurricane Center said the system could dump 10 to 15 inches of rain over southern areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama through Sunday and as much as 20 inches in some locations.

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