Evacuations Ordered on Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Nears

A potential tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico presents twin troubles for coastal Louisiana and Mississippi — the possibility that the flooded Mississippi River will strain the levees this weekend, and a danger of flash floods like the one that unexpectedly walloped New Orleans on Wednesday.

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Trump Administration Calls Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale Biggest in History

The Trump Administration announced that 33 companies bid Wednesday during its Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 250, which it has said is the biggest offshore lease sale in history. The administration said the sale generated $124 million for 815,400 acres of federal waters off the Gulf of Mexico.

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