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Miss. gov declares emergency ahead of Lee

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A surfer waits with his board to surf Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in Dauphin Island, Ala. Forecasters have issued tropical storm warnings for the U.S. Gulf coast from Mississippi to Texas as a depression has organized in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP) A surfer waits with his board to surf Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in Dauphin Island, Ala. Forecasters have issued tropical storm warnings for the U.S. Gulf coast from Mississippi to Texas as a depression has organized in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The governor of Mississippi has declared a state of emergency in seven counties because of Tropical Storm Lee in the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm is not yet a hurricane. But Gov. Haley Barbour says residents should not underestimate it. He says it's expected to cause "tremendous flooding."

A state of emergency frees up resources that can be used to prepare for a storm.

Around midday Friday, the center of the Lee was nearly stationary off the Louisiana coast with top sustained winds of 40 mph. Its center was expected to make landfall in Louisiana over the weekend.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for coastal Mississippi. That warning extends from Pascagoula to Sabine Pass, Texas.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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