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LATEST: Tropical Depression Harvey reforms in Gulf of Mexico; heavy rain, flooding concerns headed to South Louisiana 


Forecasters say remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey could reform into a tropical depression or storm, threatening south Louisiana with a prolonged period of heavy rain and possible flooding.

The threat could come as early as Friday or into next week.

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At 7 a.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said the remnants of Harvey were close to redeveloping into a tropical depression over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, about 150 miles west of Merida, Mexico. The low was forecast to move to the northwest at about 10 mph across the western Gulf, possibly reaching the northwestern Gulf coast late Friday.

The system could produce storm surge and tropical storm or hurricane force winds along portions of the Texas coast, the Hurricane Center said. Tropical storm or hurricane watches could be required for portions of the Texas and southwestern Louisiana coasts.

On Tuesday, Louisiana leaders met with the newly minted head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to discuss the threat of severe weather as the state braces for the peak of hurricane season.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey was high on the list of topics.

"We don't know yet how widespread the rain bands will be and the different wind effects will be," Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

Edwards said his administration is monitoring the storm, and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparation would establish a crisis team Wednesday.

The storm was expected to pass from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula into the southern Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday and regain tropical storm force.

The Associated Press contributed to this report