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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott":

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The center of Irma may not hit Atlanta, but a tropical storm warning remains in effect. That means high winds and heavy rain - the kind of thing that can cause flash flooding and bring down trees and power lines.

Hundreds of thousands of Georgia Power and EMC customers are out of electricity in central, south and coastal Georgia, and Atlanta area residents should expect the same thing.

On "Morning Edition," Denis O'Hayer spoke with Brian Lynn, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City.

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Forecasters say summertime heat is reaching dangerous levels in parts of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Thursday for northwestern Alabama, northern Louisiana and western and northern Mississippi.

Forecasters say a strong ridge of high pressure will produce a dome of heat and humidity across the central United States that includes the Deep South.

Metro Atlanta received about two inches of rain within the last week.
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Forecasters say heavy rains are raising the possibility of flooding along the northern Gulf Coast.

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from southern Louisiana eastward to the Alabama-Florida line, and forecasters say it may be expanded into the Florida Panhandle.

The weather service says rainfall amounts from 1 to 3 inches are possible across the area on Thursday, making minor flooding a possibility along creeks and in low-lying areas.

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Tropical Storm Cindy sent drenching rain bands over the north Gulf Coast on Wednesday, swamping low-lying coastal roads and pushing a waterspout ashore in one beachfront community as residents from east Texas to the Florida Panhandle warily eyed the storm's slow crawl toward land.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, like his Alabama counterpart a day earlier, declared a state of emergency Wednesday as dangerous flash-flooding remained a threat.