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Tropical storm expected this week in the U.S.

The Gulf Coast is bracing for heavy rainfall from a potential tropical storm system which is expected to form in the Gulf  by Thursday and will likely hit somewhere between the western Florida panhandle and the northern Texas coast, the National Weather Service announced.

Rainfall in the U.S. has broken records a stunning three times this year. The precipitation total for June was 3.3 inches in the contiguous U.S., about .37 inches above the average, according to NOAA. Flooding persisted along many of the major river systems and their tributaries across the central U.S., including the central and lower Mississippi River, the Missouri River and the Illinois River. More than 100 water rescues were required in and around Washington, D.C., on Monday, including 15 people saved from vehicles trapped by high water. More flooding is possible later on Tuesday. "Heavy rain is possible from the upper Texas coast to southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and parts of the Florida Panhandle," the Weather Channel said.

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The most severe storms are likely to be in Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska. On Wednesday, the system is expected to head east and produce severe storms in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. The strongest recent storm to make landfall in the United States in July was Hurricane Dennis, which hit the western Florida Panhandle on July 10, 2005, as a Category 3 hurricane.

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