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Tropical Storm Harvey drifted slowly north and northwest over the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas Wednesday, still packing enough wind to be called a tropical storm but bringing only narrow bands of rain.

Frank Revitte, a meteorologist with the New Orleans/Baton Rouge National Weather Service, said the pattern was established as "dry air kind of wrapped around" Harvey in the region, pushing heavier rainfall to the east, toward Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle, as well as to the north and west, toward southeast Texas and northwest Louisiana. 

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, the center of Tropical Storm Harvey was 50 miles north of Lake Charles.

Wind gusts at 40 mph continued to make it a tropical storm, which was moving very slowly across the state, about 8 mph late Wednesday afternoon, Rivette said.

"Generally, in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, it's been a breezy, windy day, with wind at 20 to 35 miles per hour, with higher gusts of 40 miles per hour or more," he said.

Narrow bands of showers and thunderstorms moved through the area but "none remained long enough to cause flooding," Revitte said.

For Thursday, Revitte said he expects scattered showers in the region, with winds at 15 to 20 mph that will be in decline during the day.

The wind and rain "will be decreasing on Friday and we'll be returning more to normal summer weather," he said.

Louisiana did see some minor flooding of coastal roadways, Revitte said, in places like La. 1, south of Golden Meadow in Lafourche Parish, as well as coastal roads in Terrebonne Parish, due to tides being 1 to 2 feet above normal.   

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