Heavy rains in La., Miss., lead to flood warnings
NEW ORLEANS - Soaking rains across the Gulf Coast are leading to flood warnings, and Mississippi authorities rescued 16 people camping on a coastal island from rough weather.
More than 4 inches of rain was reported at New Orleans' Lakefront Airport beginning midnight Sunday, and more than 3 inches of rain was reported at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.
Mississippi's Marine Patrol helped retrieve campers from Deer Island, just offshore from Biloxi. A spokeswoman says that after getting a call that campers hadn't been heard from, two officers went to the island to find the group.
Seven children were brought back by marine police, with nine adults following in one of the campers' boat. Fourteen of 16 campers were taken to hospitals to be examined for hypothermia. All but one was released by Sunday afternoon.