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Gulf Coast at risk of severe storms ahead of holidays

Posted at 8:03 AM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 15:21:31-05

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Forecasters say more than 4 million people near the U.S. Gulf Coast will be at risk of severe storms just ahead of Christmas. The national Storm Prediction Center says damaging wind gusts will be one of the main threats, along with the possibility of a few tornadoes. The storms are expected to move through Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. Forecasters say the area most likely to see strong storms Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night includes southern portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The region includes New Orleans and Baton Rouge in Louisiana; the Gulfport-Biloxi area in Mississippi; and the Mobile metropolitan area in Alabama.