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Gulf Coast keeps guard up as Barry continues drenching

NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Storm Barry dumped rain as it slowly swept inland through Gulf Coast states Sunday, appearing to spare New Orleans a direct hit, but stoking fears elsewhere of flooding, tornadoes and prolonged power outages.

Mississippi’s capital city braced for possible flash flooding after up to 3 inches of rain fell in the Jackson area before dawn Sunday — and more was on the way. That prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for the city and some of its suburbs.

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