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More rain drenches Louisiana

A line of drenching thunderstorms moved across the state from west to east today after record rainfall caused flooding in water-logged parts of Louisiana.

Most of Louisiana was under a tornado or flash flood watch today, and up to 4 inches of rain were possible. Schools in Livingston Parish, northwest of New Orleans, were closed because the storms could produce flooding.

Strong thunderstorms that began late Tuesday socked the Shreveport-Bossier area in northwest Louisiana, causing widespread flooding, knocking out electricity, blowing over trees and closing schools.

The rainfall began Tuesday night and broke several records, including the most rain to fall in a 20-minute interval and the most rainfall in a three-hour period. More than 10 inches of rain deluged the Shreveport area, flooding at least 125 homes.

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